Mildura Weekly : Friday November 28 2014 Vol 9 No 4
NEWS 13 FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2014 MILDURAWEEKLY.COM.AU to mark a ‘birthdays’ milestone • From previous page However, the area started to grow in earnest during the early 1950s, with an influx of ex-ser- viceman after World War 2. That was when the second, and third ‘allocations’ were opened up, and dried fruit and citrus became the predominant crops. The Coomealla Irrigation Area has a rich history of pioneer- ing spirit, and producing premi- um dried and fresh fruit. “That is what we will be cel- ebrating,” Mr Keenan said. “The efforts of our forefathers in open- ing up this land, and the work of subsequent generations as they have gone about keeping the land productive.” Mr Williams said both Dare- ton and the CIA had been care- fully planned from the outset. He has copies of several early maps that show an impressive grid pattern of properties – gen- erally ranging in size from 15 to 22 acres – as well as a network of roads, open channels for irriga- tion and drainage provisions to support horticultural pursuits. The township was also care- fully planned out, early maps showing another neat grid of streets, with a diamond in the centre – now known as Tapio Park and often used as the venue for community events, including the town’s fondly remembered back-to of 1982. As far as next year’s event is concerned, planning is now un- der way in earnest. A host of activities have been suggested, including a commem- orative football game, opening Dareton Primary School, Coo- mealla High School and the Coo- mealla Pumping Station for in- spection, a street parade, a market and a gala dinner to name a few. Strong support for the com- mittee, and the event, is coming from the Coomealla Memorial Sporting Club board and staff as well as Wentworth Shire Council- lor and ‘Dareton lad’ Peter Nun- an. A world wide web presence is in the pipeline, and a Facebook page is already operating to make keeping up-to-date with celebra- tion developments as convenient as possible. Log onto Facebook, and search for ‘Dareton Coo- mealla 90th celebrations.’ • FOOTNOTE: For those seek- ing more on Frank Bottrill, his story is a feature of the ‘A history of Dareton and the Coomealla Ir- rigation Area’ available from Mal- colm Williams on 5027 4591. • MEMORIES: The now demolished Coomealla Club Hotel was a Dareton landmark and popular watering hole that for many years also provided accommodation. BELOW: Now the Eileen Kirby Centre, this building on the corner of Neilpo and Tapio Streets has housed many businesses in its lifetime, including this garage and also Globe Fisheries. BOTTOM: Another Les Hunt photo, this time showing dried fruit packed in sweatboxes ready for transportation to the ‘Co-op’ or ‘Packers.’ • BUSY TIMES: Dareton’s bustling main thoroughfare – Tapio Street – in the mid-1950s. The Crosby and Byrnes store is on the corner of Tapio and Millie Streets.
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