A HISTORY OF OUR AREA BIRKENHEAD, BIRKDALE, BEACH HAVEN
The following information about our local history was researched by our students. The students used the Action Learning processes to locate the information and the key questions they formed are included. We hope that future classes will add more information to these pages in the course of their studies. Our thanks to Birkenhead Historical Society for their invaluable help and assistance with our research.
What were some of the main fruits grown in the local area?
Strawberries, apples, pears, grapes, peaches. These were the main fruits but also there were some other fruits grown in the local area. Settlers grew quinces, medlars, gooseberries, passionfruits, rock melon and walnuts. Women and their daughters made jam and jelly from the fruit they grew.
The larger orchardists built small jetties on Hellyer’s Creek below the orchards, and used their own boats to transport fruit. Most strawberry growers divided their land and planted orchard trees as well. The largest orchards were owned by the first people here. An orchard was set up by Herbert and Jane Jones. But the Jones had no experience and found it hard for years until he cut back 34 apple varieties to the two most common and a few years later they were exporting fruit to Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin and Fiji.