Life of the People

In the early days food was always a problem. The main diet was corned meat, split peas, bread and dripping of treacle. A tin of sardines was a luxury.

The settlers had to grow wheat for flour, oats and barley for their horses. The development of agriculture was restricted by the amount of labour required to cultivate, harvest and cart the crops.

Only single furrow ploughs existed, drawn by bullocks of horses. Sowing was by hand and fertilisers were unheard of. Harvesting was done by sickle and scythe and the crop threshed by spreading on the ground.

All these things militated against the cultivation of large areas. Even so, a flour mill was established in Murrumburrah in 1865 by Miles Murphy.


Contact Details
Harden Shire Council
Phone: 02 6386 0100
Fax: 02 6386 0105
council@harden.nsw.gov.au