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Olivewood

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See Olivewood, the original home of Charles Chaffey, a Canadian who helped established the Renmark Irrigation Colony using the Murray River to irrigate the lands along its banks. This State Heritage listed home was built of pine logs in 1889 and is set in spacious grounds surrounded by palms, olive trees and citrus. See old photographs, cameras, river charts, and the Chaffey Red Book - used to attract investors when the settlement was being established. There's a collection of equipment used in the fruit industry in past years. The orchard is planted with oranges and approximately 90 olive trees - all that remains of the original larger grove planted in 1890. A collection of about 3,000 black and white photographs illustrates many facets of early life in Renmark and surrounding districts. See five volumes of biographical essays on the early settlers of Renmark. Tours by arrangement.