PEMBERTON - COWBOY COUNTRY AND GATEWAY TO D'ARCY
"UNDER 2000 POPULATION AT TIME OF WRITING"
In the 1920s a new population boom occurred when free land was offered to group settlers of Groupies in order to establish a dairy industry. Many of the Groupies were British ex-servicemen who had returned from war to face unemployment.
Life was tough with many families not staying on as it became too difficult clearing the forest in order to use their land, surviving the depression years and making repayments to the government. The Pemberton Historical Museum has examples of this early period.
A LITTLE HISTORY
Whilst the timber industry continued to prosper, new industries developed. Irrigated farming became possible and potato, cauliflower, tobacco, hops and other crops became widespread.
New tourist ventures have started in the past 20 years including a variety of quality accommodation businesses, Art and Craft Galleries, Trout and Marron farms, Hiking, Wineries and 4WD tours.
The fascinating mix of rural and laid back view of life which is pure honesty from the local residents who work and play hard. Mostly land development and range farming. Pemberton exudes an unusual honesty between a rural way of life and subtle monernisation.
The country is magnificent and unbelievable...