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
Bananas in the 1930s
I don’t know if you’ll know the answer to this but do you know if this land had a covenant on it or something? [referring to a green coloured area on the map across the land that was added by Dino in the 1970s]
Dino: There was, years ago. Back in the thirties they tried to grow bananas here and there’s bananas there and also up here they’ve grown bananas. Whether it’s that, you know, because they tried in the 1930’s but the ground was too rich and the fruit wouldn’t fill out. You know it was virgin scrub or whatever it is you know? And they just wouldn’t fill out. They’d go ripe and they were only skinny like that.
About the size of your finger. And how do you know that they were growing bananas in the thirties there?
Dino: Because we knew the people. The fella that had the bananas there actually turned out that we used to send bananas to him on the Sydney market. They got out of it after it was – so they started up there was five of them I think, oh six of them, formed a group and they started up at the Sydney markets and that’s how they started back in the thirties.
Pam: Oh that was Della-Libera?
Dino: Yeah but it was Sandrin and Della-Libera, Varnier, Morelli, and Carneil I think, they’re the ones that went down. And Chigana that’s right.
And they were all from around this district?
Dino: Yeah they were all from around here. Four of them went down to the market, the others just stayed here on the land and they didn’t all go down.