Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3


Western Australia, Peanut, Peanut growing, Gascoyne River farming

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Records show that in 1920 a number of blocks of land along the Gascoyne River were thrown open for the purpose of commercial peanut production, the main purpose being to establish ex-service settlers on this land. Seed was planted on these blocks but failed to germinate; rumour has it that the nuts had been previously roasted! Ten years later, in 1930, Mr. J. Buzolic, an early settler in the area who had achieved success in growing tomatoes and beans, planted a crop of peanuts from which he claimed reasonably good returns. Thirty-six cornsacks filled with peanuts were shipped to Perth in what is believed to be the first West Australian commercial venture into peanut growing. The prices received for the nuts at that time were such, however, that the crop could not compete favourably with others under irrigation conditions.