A glimpse into the history of Myrtleford

Growing tobacco has had a relatively long history in Australia, with the first successful farms recorded in New South Wales in 1820. This continued, with many ups and downs, until 2006, when Australian tobacco was deemed too expensive in a market dominated by Brazil, China, India and east African countries.

Myrtleford (and surrounding areas) had many tobacco farms, and attracted Italian migrants to the region in the 1950s. They came as labourers, then became share-farmers and eventually, owners of the farms.

This memorial in a park on the main street in Myrtleford honours these hard working migrants who played a vital role in the development of the region.

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When tobacco leaves were picked, they had to be dried in specially designed kilns. A  log kiln, typical of those built from the 1930s to the early 1960s and used on the farm of the Pizzini brothers, has been relocated to the Rotary Park.

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Kilns made of corrugated iron replaced the log structures, and you can still see many of these as you drive through the attractive Alpine countryside.

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As I worked on this post, a surprise popped up in my WordPress reader. Unbeknownst to me, I just had an anniversary. Where is the prosecco, WordPress?

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54 responses to “A glimpse into the history of Myrtleford

  1. Pingback: Day 15 of our Victorian Road Trip: Myrtleford and Beechworth | The Reluctant Retiree

  2. Hello Yvonne, The post after next I will be writing about a visit to Myrtleford. May I please link your post to mine? much obliged, Gwen

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  3. Happy Anniversary. Cool post. My favorite photo is the first one. Art – yes!

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  4. Happy 5th Blog-iversary & wish you many more! 🙂 ♥ ❤

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  5. Happy Anniversary and a glass of Prosecco Yvonne. From Tobacco Road to Prosecco road up your way.

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  6. Happy Anniversary, Yvonne. Interesting post, too.

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  7. I didn’t know tobacco had much of a history in Australia. It was interesting to find out about it.

    Incidentally, “super-congratulations” on blogging for so long. Never mind a message, they should give you a silver pocket watch or something for your years of devoted service.

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  8. Caroline

    It does look lovely there. And bright blue skies!

    Congrats on your anniversary!!!

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    • It’s been quite warm for this time of year, no slow run up to a new season.

      Those 5 years flew by. I must look and see when the first “Venice” entry appeared.

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  9. very interesting post and, congratulations for your blog anniversary!

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  10. Wow five years! That’s amazing. Congrats!

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  11. Susie L

    Big changes from Dismal Swamp! I am looking forward to seeing a new area of Oz through your observant eyes Y!

    Those tobacco sheds remind me of my mother’s origins, in rural North Carolina. Lots of tobacco fields were there during her childhood.

    It is always fun to see in what areas statues are rubbed! Such as the snout of the porcellino in your second favorite city, or Saint Peter’s toe in Rome, etc.

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    • I’m rather overcome with sloth right now, Susie, even though there’s a lot to get out and see.

      Presently, my main concern is Minx, who used to have a big yard full of trees and shrubs to use as her personal domain (and toilet). Now, she heads over to the neighbours mulch as her preference. I guess I’ll be buying the same brand of mulch and spreading it in my yard …

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  12. Our tobacco kilns look much the same, though some of the larger drying barns are different. Happy anniversary and thanks for showing the sculpture. It’s reminiscent of the 1930s.

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  13. Happy Anniversary! We owe much to our migrants of the past.

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  14. Congrats! The prosecco’s over here sorry. They sent it to the wrong address. Anyway, it’s all drunk!

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  15. Great photo of the corrigated kiln. A material that is now used by one of Australia’s better known architect; Glenn Murcutt. or is it Morcutt? Anyway Glenn is his first name!

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  16. 5 years… nice! I’m still trailing behind you 🙂 Great photos too!

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  17. Is it warm enough there for snakes yet, Yvonne? Probably see fewer of them than you did in tropical Queensland.

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  18. Great, Now you have to duck down to Bright and get set up for Autumn. I loved the statues. We owe a lot to our migrants – I wish we had the same sympathy now as we had before.

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  19. I like the memorial . really a work of art.
    The kilns recall me the dryer for hops I saw in kent (England ) .
    Love ❤
    Michel

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    • Hello, Michel. There was so much hard work involved in tobacco production. There are huge hop fields around here, and they’re expanding! There must be a lot of thirsty beer drinkers somewhere in the world. Amour! ❤

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  20. I have seen many of those drying kilns…..they built them just like that around Asheville, North Carolina where I lived for seven years.

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  21. Jane

    Congratulations and many more years… . Your photos of Florence and Venice make my heart sing. I’m also enjoying learning more about your fair isle down under!

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