This was a local exhibition which I found quite inspiring and also very interesting as it reflects the area in which I live.
The Redlands got it’s name from the rich red soil that was perfect for growing fruit and vegetables, and for about 100 years the area was known as the salad bowl. When the soil was not so rich, farmers turned to dairy, pig and poultry production. Sadly, most of the farms have now disappeared and housing estates have taken their place, which in turn has endangered our wildlife, in particular the koala.
The Redlands’ wave of immigrants in the 19th century mainly came from Britain and Germany. As at 2009, 127,000 people from more than 30 different countries called the Redlands home.
Today our resources and our climate still attract people to the Redlands. Whereas our early residents were attracted by the land and sea’s ability to provide food and shelter, today we are attracted by the lifestyle they provide.