Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Just out on the Tidbinbilla Road not far from Tharwa is an historic property that was the base for research that effectively saved Australia's wheat industry at the end of the 19th century. The new strains developed there effectively increased the World's wheat production.

This old clipping details the Canberra property 'Lambrigg' and it's world famous scientist William Farrer a pioneer who's wheat breeding experiments (hybridization) developed strains of wheat that boosted world production enormously.

The article describes the homestead, Farrer's laboratory, his interest in developing the Eden-Monaro region as the location for Australia's new national capital and a brief biography of his life...

The Sydney Morning Herald - Saturday 26 May 1934

William and his wife are buried on a hill at Lambrigg and a memorial was erected. Lambrigg is a working property today and the memorial is closed to the public...

The Sydney Morning Herald - Monday 8 August 1938


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