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Discovering History: Source of the sauce - Bendigo

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Bendigo Library

251-259 Hargreaves Street

Bendigo, Victoria 3550

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History of Bendigo's tomato industry

James Lerk will take you on a journey that did not begin in 1891 as some have written, he will sketch out the history of tomato growing in Bendigo, and the processors including Leggos that followed in its wake. How the Spanish (Catalonians) helped to instigate the commercial growing of tomatoes on abandoned alluvial diggings. Why Bendigo's tomatoes were so highly prized in Melbourne and other places, a number of manufacturers that came from outside the city to take advantage of this fruit. Eventually, there were many hundreds of growers, but ultimately the demise of the industry came about because of the price and lack of water available for irrigation.

James Lerk has been in Bendigo since early 1954, studied Art and Design at the School of Mines; he has since childhood had an interest in history, was involved in saving some of Bendigo's historic icons, written and published a number of books and thousands of articles pertaining to history. He was awarded an Order of Merit from the RHSV and recently invested with an OAM for service to history. Currently, James is researching the local tomato industry.

For more information contact Dr Ruth Ford on 5444 7981 or via R.Ford@latrobe.edu.au

www.latrobe.edu.au/archaeology-and-history

All welcome.

Bendigo Library, BRAC and LaTrobe University partnership.

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