Orchards in Somerville & Tyabb
165 cases of Stone Pippen Apples, G.E. Shepherd’s Shed
Somerville Tyabb and District Heritage Society
As the Peninsula and the State of Victoria developed, one of the most important demands was for fresh food.
The fruit industry around Somerville and Tyabb was first established after settlers took up land around 1860. To enable the settlers to earn an income, fruit tree nurseries were planted followed by vast orchards. The fruit industry continued to flourish until the 1960s when growth in population lead to its decline as property owners subdivided their land.
“All the farms were orchards.”
- Evelyn Sage