Fruits of labour

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THE Churches family were in­volved with the fruit in­dus­try for many years in the Kyabram District.

This pho­to­graph was taken in the mid 1920s on their or­chard Carthona on the east side of Mur­rumba Rd, Kyabram East — now the prop­erty of the Grin­ter family.

Mr Fred­er­ick Churches is on the left and his son Len Churches is on the right.

Fred­er­ick and Len Churches are sort­ing peaches on a por­ta­ble fruit sort­ing bench into small boxes to be loaded by em­ploy­ees onto Mr A H Payn­ter’s trailer to be taken to the Kyabram Can­nery. Al­van Payn­ter had es­tab­lished a car­ry­ing busi­ness in Kyabram in about 1911 and ran his busi­ness for well over 25 years.

Mr Fred­er­ick Churches, with other fruit­grow­ers and busi­ness­men, was ac­tive in the es­tab­lish­ment of the Kyabram Co-op­er­a­tive Fruit Pre­serv­ing Com­pany. He was or­gan­is­ing sec­re­tary of the cam­paign that en­cour­aged many res­i­dents of the district to take up shares in what was to be­come a gi­gan­tic pro­cess­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion at Kyabram. He was a mem­ber of the board of di­rec­tors of the Kyabram Can­nery when it was first es­tab­lished.

Fred­er­ick’s son Len and grand­son Barry con­tin­ued on in the fruit in­dus­try.

Photo Churches.

■ Com­piled by Eileen Sul­li­van, Kyabram His­tor­i­cal So­ci­ety vol­un­tary li­brar­ian. con­trib­uted by Barry

Mr Fred­er­ick Churches, his son Len and em­ploy­ees work­ing on Carthona or­chard in the mid 1920s.

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