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Olivewood Estate Homestead

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Olivewood Historic Homestead was the home of Charles Chaffey, a Canadian involved in the establishment of the Renmark Irrigation Colony. This State Heritage listed home, was built 'piece sur piece' with local pine logs in 1889, in the drop slot system. As well as the original homestead, the site includes a museum, packing shed and the Charles Chaffey Centre, all nestled amongst an orange orchard and an olive grove with approximately 90 trees from the original grove planted in 1890. For a modest fee, one can see furniture of the period, photographic equipment used by J C Reiners ( his photographs are displayed), fruit processing machinery and more exhibits showing the development of the area. Displays include printing and soft drink making machines from our local newspaper company and soft drink manufacturer, tractors and other equipment have been restored by volunteers. Also view an 1926 Garford fire engine and equipment from our local brigade members. Guided tour by local volunteer dependent on availability, tea and coffee by self-serve for a gold coin donation, souvenirs and our own olive oil for sale.