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Our Smith Family History
140 Years of Family Farming

The Smith family emigrated to Australia from Scotland in the mid to late 1800`s. They settled in Templestowe on the outskirts of Melbourne.

James Smith was the pioneer who settled in Templestowe where he purchased his first land. He began dairy farming and decided to clear more land where he planted his first fruit trees.

James was a very hard worker and could turn his hand to most things that needed to be done on the farm. 

just planted orchard of cherry trees

The Smith Family Homestead

In 1889 James and his wife Eliza (Hicks) built the Smith family home which became known as  “Sunnyside Farm”.

Today the Homestead is heritage listed and is a prominent landmark in Templestowe.

Smith families continued to grow fruit in the Templestowe and Warrandyte area until the mid 1970`s. It was around this time, partly due to the urban spread of Melbourne, that they decided to relocate to North East Victoria.

Smith homestead

North East Victoria

The Smith Family have called Wangaratta home for the last 45 years.

With strong community connections cementing our ties to the area, we look forward to continuing the family fruit growing tradition in this region for many years to come.

blossom on cherry trees

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