Category Australian Industry

Harper Collins Award Winning Short Story by Shirley Chalmers

The Onion Picker’s Daughter     The old green Ford Pilot is standing in the road like a patient elephant waiting for its load. The hot Queensland day is slowly dying, with a sighing breeze stirring dust from the leaves of the nearby gums. It will soon be getting dark and Dad is hurrying us, […]

Della Downs Heritage Angora Goats

Lill Roberts and Roger Sawley have a beautiful property in South Gippsland, Victoria where they breed, among other animals, Heritage Angora Goats. When our Mary and Martha’s Group was invited to visit we eagerly grabbed our cameras, coats and farm boots and made tracks through the rolling hills to Della Downs. I was so thrilled […]

The Big Pineapple at Nambour

The Big Pineapple This tourist attraction used to be a favourite of visitors who came to the Sunshine Coast for holidays.  It was also a favourite place for local families to take their children.  We took our boys there several times over the years.   There was an animal nursery, train rides, cafe, and lots […]

Sweet Home, Queensland

Sugar Cane Australia is the third largest sugar producer in the world and Queensland provides 95% of Australia’s sugar yield.  I grew up in South East Queensland and at one stage my father worked for the Moreton Sugar  Mill in Nambour.  There were many cane farms in the area at that time.  With progress and […]