Home' Smart Farmer : September 2010 Contents Robe's economy and lifestyle is centred around the fleet.
Discover SE hideaway
Average age: 42
Location: 350km south east of
Main industry: fishing -- particular-
Main employers: fishing, agricul-
ture, tourism, viticulture, forestry
By JULIE PAUL
OBE, the 'friendly city' of the
South East, is situated at the
south of Guichen Bay, just off
the Princes Highway.
The district's coastline was
explored by Matthew Flinders and
French navigator Nicolas Baudin in
1802, and it was Baudin who named
the bay after Admiral de Guichen.
Robe was the first major town to be
settled in the region, and was named
in 1846 after major Frederick Holt
Robe, South Australia's Governor at
the time. The District Council of
Robe was proclaimed in October
1869, to service the region's growing
Robe was immediately established
as a seaport, and was second in
activity to Port Adelaide. The
district was a thriving wool-
growing area, and bullock
teams tranferred wool and
sheep skins to the wharf
for export, with the other major
export at the time being horses for
the Indian Army.
There were large numbers of
immigrants in Robe's early history,
predominantly Scottish and Irish.
The Victorian gold
rush of 1857 saw about 17,000
Chinese arrive at Robe to travel to
the goldfields by walking the 320
kilometres to Ballarat and Bendigo.
In an attenpt to stop the flow of
Chinese immigrants, the Victorian
government imposed a 'landing tax'
of 10 pounds --more than the cost
of the voyage.
The latest in transportable home design on display now.
Visit us online .... www.asth.com.au or phone 1300 451 119
See & feel the difference.
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