Orchards in Somerville & Tyabb
Tyabb Coolstore, c1915
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Coolstores allowed growers to preserve their fruit crops for longer, before shipping it to Melbourne and even overseas. The Tyabb Cool Store was built in 1914.
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.