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This website aims to develop case studies of the development of farming practices and attendant transformations of local ecologies of defined blocks of land. Through these biographies of particular plots of land we are developing localised analyses of the wider historical trends in the political economy/ecology of the Northern Rivers.

Go to: Early family history | Involvement with the Catholic Church | History from the 1950s | Dairying | Frank’s education | The history of the Bridge and naming of Boyle Road | Changes in the local area from the 1970s | Frank and Andrea meet | Moving out of dairying | Farmers’ markets | Rice | Raising awareness of food production | The future and the food movement | Farm forestry | Work ethic | The House

History from the 1950s

And do you know what time that was?

Frank: Probably the ‘50s.

So that was becoming a bit of a tough time in dairying is that why other people were leaving?

Frank: Well the ones that were still here it would have been their age because they were wanting to retire.

Andrea: Well it would at least be, might even be late ‘40s. Because the place was derelict for thirty years when we came in ’87 so ‘40s early ‘50s.

And is this right Frank? They didn’t look after the place either as tenants. You asked the question was there animosity. Well I reckon that was where it was coming through so if something happened, you know, pipe, whatever, they wouldn’t fix anything, so the place was getting more run down. Is that right?

Frank: Yeah, yeah that’s what dad says… but then there’s another side of that story. In hindsight, dad sometimes, because he, I didn’t ever really know any of those great uncles, and he also you know, in hindsight he sometimes says that it was probably a good thing that happened. Because some of them were a little bit lazy. Some of them, you know they’d sit on the verandah here, sort of most of the day and drink cups of tea and talk. So there’s always two sides of a story. So you know, maybe they weren’t real workers.

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