Try to imagine this photo in colour!
|James Pilgrim's Garden at Winiam|
In 1888 Alexander Sutherland wrote in the Book Victoria and its Metropolis about "The People of Victoria, who are making a difference"
"Pilgrim , James, Winiam , was born in Essex, England, and was apprenticed
to the trade of stonemason , but meeting with an accident had to give
it up and took to gardening and farming . Coming out to Melbourne in 1862,
he tried digging at Castlemaine for four months, after which he went to
Adelaide and followed gardening and farming for four years. He carried on
farming operations on his own account at Cockatoo Valley for seven years
and at Wasley's for a similar period. Returning to Victoria in 1882 he
selected 320 acres of land in the parish of Winiam, where he has also purchased
35 acres ; he crops 200 acres and has an average yield of wheat of 12
bushels to the acre. Mr. Pilgrim, who has had charge of the Winiam
post-office for some time , has one of the nicest gardens in the Wimmera,
fruit trees, grape vines and flowers growing luxuriantly".
|James Pilgrim (kneeling in centre) and family member in the orchard at WIniam.|
Unfortunately, the photo above is not good enough quality to positively identify each individual pictured. My Great Great Grandfather, James Pilgrim, settled at Winiam in 1882 and notes indicate that it took five years to clear the land and prepare the orchard. The trees look quite young so I would guesstimate that this photo was taken in the late 1880s or early 1890s.
|1904 Country Directory|
James Pilgrim and his two eldest sons (twins Bob & Bert, who were 21) were listed
Every generation since James has had a "greenthumb" but I didn't inherit that gene!
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