Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Living History near Sydney

I found this interesting article in today's Sydney Morning Herald about the market gardens to the south of the city's airport.  With their origins in the 1850s, the plots were taken over by Chinese gold miners after the gold rush and   continue to supply the city with fresh greens.

Historic roots... the Chinese market gardens in Kyeemagh have long been a food bowl for the city. Photo: Quentin Jones
Interesting to think how London would look if a fraction of the 19th century market gardens still survived.  For a fascinating account of market gardening around Chelsea, may I recommend Malcolm Thick's The Neat House Gardens?

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