Statement of Significance
Gash's Dried Fruit Farm at Moree is a complex consisting of a 1930s homestead, with house garden and orchard, the remains of a once extensive commercial orchard, an early house site, and a group of buildings associated with the commercial processing of dried fruit, including the preparation, drying, packing and storage sheds. The homestead and house surrounds are simple and representative of homestead complexes of the period. The fruit processing complex is unusual, being the only known example in the Southern Grampians Shire. The buildings appear to have been developed in situ to accommodate the drying process. While much equipment has been removed, a dehumidifier and sections of tram track remain intact.
How is it significant?
Gash's Dried Fruit Farm is of historical and scientific significance to the community of Harrow and the Southern Grampians Shire.
Why is it significant?
Gash's Dried Fruit Farm is of historical significance as an example of alternative agricultural production in the Shire, prior to the emergence of the Sunraysia district as the dominant producer of dried fruits in Victoria. It is of scientific significance for the ingenuity it demonstrates in its simple but effective processing system.
GASH'S DRIED FRUIT FARM - Physical Conditions
The farmhouse and sheds are in fair condition. Much of the processing equipment appears to have been removed although the dehumidifier and sections of tram track survive.
GASH'S DRIED FRUIT FARM - Physical Description 1
Gash's Dried Fruit Farm is located 500 metres south of the Moree-Culla Road, about 2 kilometres east of the Moree Bridge. The complex comprises a timber framed, weatherboard and cement sheet single storeyed asymmetrical farm house; its garden and orchard at the front; various sheds involved in preparing (sorting and cleaning), drying, packing and storing fruit; the remnants of the commercial orchard and an earlier abandoned house site. Some equipment survives including the plant used for drying the fruit and the tracks used to guide the trays laden with fruit. The site also includes windbreaks and stands of mature Monterey Pine, Pinus radiata.
GASH'S DRIED FRUIT FARM - Historical Australian Themes
Theme 3: Developing local, regional and national economies
3.5 Developing primary production
3.5.3 Developing agricultural industries
3.9 farming for commercial profit
3.10 Integrating people into the cash economy
3.10.3 Encouraging fringe and alternative businesses
3.12 Feeding people
3.12.4 Preserving food and beverages
3.17 Inventing devices
Theme 5: Working
5.8 Working on the land
GASH'S DRIED FRUIT FARM - Usage/Former Usage
GASH'S DRIED FRUIT FARM - Integrity
Good degree of integrity for the buildings and equipment but most of the commercial orchard has been pulled out.
GASH'S DRIED FRUIT FARM - Physical Description 2
Daly family, first owners as selectors.
Gash family, owners and operators of the dried fruit farm.
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