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Berri settlers’ efforts recognised
IN JANUARY 1917 the Berri
Agricultural Bureau published
results in The Murray Pioneer
of a competition which had
been organised to recognise the
successes and efforts of Berri’s
first settlers and at the same
time providing guidance for
those who were struggling.
Berri’s earliest settlers were
civilians – for the most part
inexperienced in horticultural
matters – who had taken up
blocks between 1911 and 1914.
(The next wave of settlers was
part of the soldier repatriation
scheme who took up land from
1917 to 1921.)
The panel of judges visited
21 properties and allotted points
“Laying out, convenience of
working, irrigating and drying,
15 points; pruning 25; plough-
ing 10; cultivation and irriga-
tion 30; growth and appearance
(healthy or otherwise) 15; a
possible 5 points to be allotted
for anything special, each as
well kept flowers or vegetable
garden, neat fowl houses, sta-
ble, harness sheds, etc.”
The judges’ comments were
printed not in a spirit of “carp-
ing criticism”, but in order that
settlers had the most up-to-date
advice on good horticultural
practices. Generally layout of
blocks was considered “fairly
good” and in many cases small
improvements could have been
made, but was too late for
Points were lost for watering
too long, earth channels, weeds
present, cultivation too deep
and poor pruning.
Those properties which were
inspected belonged to; T.L.
Hughes, Bernard Arndt, E.J.
Moritz, R. Curren, P. Kurtz,
H. Von Bertouch, R. Jaensch,
J.C. Cheriton, F. McGlasson,
L. A. Chapple, Honan, G.W.
Porteous, W.W. Shand, J.
Norman, E.G. Mitton, S.
Phillips, S. Guernsey, W.S.
Padman, L.W. Peacock, E.R.
Moss and Pennyfield Bros.
The best three proper-
ties were those belonging to
Pennyfield Bros. (84 points), B.
Arndt (80) and B. Kurtz (78).
The Society’s cup was pre-
sented by president William R.
Lewis to the Pennyfield broth-
ers and a medal was awarded
for a small block under 5 acres
to Mr Stirratt.
The judges’ comments on the
winning block were:
“Lay out good, pruning (20)
good, but slight errors in sultan-
as, such as occasional spurs on
ends of permanent arms, lost a
point or so. Ploughing was very
good; cultivation the best in the
competition – deep and particu-
larly good amongst nectarines,
peaches, and apricots.
“Parts of the block had only
strips done and a few weeds
between rows lost them 6
points, but we are quite as one
that the best cultivation is on
Pennyfield’s block 24 points.
Growth was especially fine in
“We had seen good growth
on other orchards but here we
had fruit as well as growth,
good prospects for next year as
well as the present, and in our
pruning and all garden work in
fact we should be always look-
ing forward, studying next year
as well as the present.”
One hundred years ago the
inexperienced Berri settlers
were greatly aided in their first
endeavours by the establish-
ment of the Berri Government
Experimental Orchard in 1911.
The managers associated with
this venture were both advisers
and friends to the new settlers.
Early plantings at Berri in the 1920s.
Call to nominate a young achiever
UNDER two weeks remain to
nominate a local young person who
is making a valuable community
contribution to the region.
Locals are encouraged to nominate
a young person – up to the age of
29 – who is actively involved in the
community in the Channel 9 Young
Two Riverlanders were recog-
nised as finalists in the 2016 awards
including Loxton News editor Pamela
Perre and Loxton North resident and
Olympic rowing medallist Alexander
Nominations are being sought for a
range of categories including:
q The Coffee Club Arts and
q Department for Communities
and Social Inclusion Aboriginal
q The University of Adelaide
Science and Technology Award
qWebsters Lawyers Service to the
q Multicultural Youth South
Australia Spirit of Resilience Award
qRural Doctors Workforce Agency
Rural Health Award
q Worldwide Printing Solutions
qScouts SA Leadership Award
qSantos Regional Service Award
qUniversity Senior College create
Nominations for the Channel
9 Young Achiever Awards close on
Tuesday, January 24 and can be made
Winners will be announced at a
presentation dinner in Adelaide on
Friday, April 28.
For more information, contact the
Awards Office (8132 0753 or sa@
ART CLASS: A children’s art class was held at the Riverland Artists
Hub in Renmark on Tuesday. Pictured working on her artistic piece
is Chanel Galea while Jennene Greenhill watches on. INSET: Art
instructor Eloise Gale conducted the class.
PHOTOS: Christian Longobardi
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