Spraying at Tobacco Lands; 19-160


Spraying at Tobacco Lands

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Noel Nightingale spraying tobacco at Tomarata. The Empire Tobacco Corporation, owned 500 acres which was just over the Arai Parish line, Section 48. Around Ryans Road and Mangawhai Road, Tomarata.

The tobacco growing industry was established in Tomarata and set up by The Empire Tobacco Corporation Ltd in April 1929. The company offered cadet training for local boys to learn the cultivation of tobacco and were promised 5 acre blocks to manage. A drying shed, glasshouse, nursery, hall and hostel were established.

Mangagers appointed were Year 1, Mr Graham Gudgen (from South Africa), Year 2 Mr Willis (from South Africa) and Year 3 Mr Fry (from Nelson.)

In 1933 the company was put into liquidation due to the introduction of an illegal form of selling shares, which resulted in losses to the shareholders after 3 years of operation.

This photograph is part of a large collection donated by Bev Ross which includes photographs, documents, books, research material and letters covering many familities that were settlers in Mangawai and surrounding districts.

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