The ATLAS Protected Network Help fight CyberCrime! Choose an ATLAS Protected Network ISP

This Day in History

Australian History

Tuesday, November 15, 1791. :   Australia's first successful grape vine is planted.

     When the first Fleet landed in New South Wales in 1788, the members of the colony were poorly equipped for the Australian conditions. The colony needed to be self-supporting, but the seeds which had been brought from England had either gone mouldy on the long sea voyage, damaged by the salt and humidity, or simply could not survive in the harsh Australian soil and climate. English tools were also unable to stand up to the rocky soil, and broke easily, while the convicts themselves were unwilling workers.

In April 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip explored beyond Port Jackson. He travelled as far as he could by boat up Sydney Harbour, tracing the Parramatta River to the point where Parramatta itself was established six months later, as Rose Hill. Here, grape vines were planted. Grape vines had been planted in Sydney from the colony's earliest days, but were unable to survive. On 15 November 1791, the first grape vine to survive in Australia was planted at Parramatta - the beginning of a later thriving industry.

Receive "Today in History" on your Desktop Receive "Today in History" by EMail
 
Do It Yourself Web Pages. This is a DIY Web Page. Click Here to create your own masterpiece today. Proudly brought to you by Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd Email: today@wmit.net.au Terms | Prefs | Privacy © 1984-2017 Web Management Do It Yourself Web Pages. This is a DIY Web Page. Click Here to create your own masterpiece today. Proudly brought to you by Web Management InterActive Technologies Pty Ltd