DESERT TO DESSERT: CULTIVATING THE ONCE ARID LANDS OF OTAGO

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The creation of land suitable for orchards from the barren valleys of Otago.

Fruit growing in once arid valleys of Otago. Goldmining left the country barren, high pressure hoses were used to wash out the gold.
State irrigation works were set up to water valleys to use as orchards.
Rivers such as Molyneux River (later named Clutha) used for water supply & turned valleys into fertile orchard land.
Picking fruit.
Collection wagon pulled by horses.
Taken to packing shed where first the cases are made.
Apple grader sorts by size, the apples are wrapped & packed by hand.
Loaded into truck to take to market.
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Year 1930

Reference number F8211

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:09:08

Production company New Zealand Government Publicity Office