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Apples and pears oral history project [sound recording]
Bib ID 4736514
Format AudioAudio [sound recording]
Access Conditions Access conditions vary. 
Description 2009 
< 14 > items. 
Summary

This oral history project provides interviews with orchardists who speak about their childhood; family life; education; life in rural communities; agricultural shows; clearing land; the shift from larger trees to dwarf plantings; irrigation; the impact of drought and storm damage; climate change; use of fertilisers; pests, diseases and their control; weed control; pruning; varieties of fruit; breeding new varieties; picking, grading and packing fruit; packing cases; cold storage and transportation. Growers speak about the early days of farming, including the use of horses, through to recent technological innovations and experimentation with new varieties; labour and the use of labour during WWII.

Also discussed are cooperatives, marketing and export; lower prices and increased competition; the departure of small growers; diversification into other fruits such as cherries, raspberries, plums, grapes and kiwifruit; cider making; the expansion into tourism and direct sales to the public; the roles and assistance provided by the Apple and Pear Growers Association; state and federal apple and pear boards; the Dept. of Agriculture and regulations for growing fruit; industry conferences.

Notes

Interviews conducted by: Karen George.

Recorded from 5 Nov. 2009- [ongoing].

Digital master available National Library of Australia;

Index/Finding Aid Note Summary not available. 
Subjects Fruit growers -- Australia -- Interviews.  |  Orchards -- Australia.  |  Apple industry -- Australia -- History.  |  Pear industry -- Australia -- History.  |  Apples -- Diseases and pests -- Control -- Australia.  |  Apples -- Marketing.  |  Apples -- Packing.  |  Horticulture.
Occupation Fruit growers.
Other authors/contributors George, Karen, 1962-, Interviewer
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Apples & pears oral history project.

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