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Pam and Dino Coiacetto

Pam and Dino Coiacetto

By on Jun 7, 2013 in The Coiacettos' |

Go to: Dino and Pam: family backgrounds | The original farm | From dairying to mixed farming | Weeds to lifestyle blocks | Beans, cucumbers and a lot of bananas | Cyclones and the Tornado | Resumed land, sales and policy changes | Peas, lychees and pumpkins | Bananas in the 1930s | Neighbours | The Future? | Working the farm today | The changing community | Italians and Australians | The growing family | A partnership

The original farm

Dino: it was a Restricted Title. That is any land that was opened up after 1901 is classed as a Restricted Title. You could not buy another property with the same title. You could buy another Freehold one but you couldn’t buy a Restricted Title one. That was, I think, so everybody could have a go…

Pam: An opportunity…

Dino: An opportunity to buy land. In 1974 I think it was, yeah 1974 I took over from my dad and at that time I transferred it over, at that time you could change it over to Freehold. So I turned it back into to Freehold again.

So all that time prior to that, from 1901 it had always been Restricted Title? And what impact did that have on the ownership of the land – when your dad bought it.

Pam: None.

Dino: No, none. The trouble is he never had another one the same; he could have had anything else but not another Restricted Title one.

Pam: But it made no difference to, when we bought from your father it made no difference. We just…

Dino: Because I changed it over.

Pam: But there was no restriction on you buying it from your father because of that restricted title.

Dino: And the farm next door, it was a Soldier Settlement farm, and you had to turn that from a Soldier Settlement to a Restricted Title and then from a Restricted Title over to a Freehold.

Pam: And the government got more money each time.

That’d be right. Which farm was that? Because I actually brought you out this map…

Dino: It was called Gardeners Farm.

So there you are, there’s Tuntable Creek Road, there you are up here

Dino: Yeah.

So that yellow one’s you?

Dino: Yeah and this …but it was…the farm was bigger; I just bought a strip down here, this side.

Pam: Over there.

Oh you actually then went and bought…?

Dino: Once they turned it over from Soldier Settlement to Restricted Title to Freehold it took nearly three years for it to go through. I just ordered one section of it, a 65 acre piece to make my farm a little bit bigger.

Ok so you actually own this piece as well. Ok great and when did you buy that?

Dino: 19….

It’s hard.

Pam: (laughs) Seventy….

Dino: ’76 I started. I just bought this …oh the bank did. (laughs)

Pam: Yeah it was a couple of years, well where are the deeds, in the bank?

Dino: The bank’s got the deeds. Because that farm there, it was oh, nearly four hundred acres and I just got a strip up along here. [on the northern boundary of the original farm].

And so do new people then own the rest of the farm in that case?

Dino: Peter Everingham owns that now.

Pam: We bought it off Fred Amos.

Dino: Fred Amos.

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