Little towns with big hearts – Grenfell – Seaton’s Farm

Grenfell, NSW

A short drive from Grenfell is a property known as Seaton’s Farm. This now-protected farm was established by Jim and Bertha Seaton during the Depression and shows how canny farmers had to be to survive during those tough times. The first thing you will notice is the fencing. Unwanted wire of all types was collected and rewound for fencing and to keep the kangaroos out saplings were used to extend the height of fenceposts. It may not look as fine as today’s fencing but it would have been effective.

The house and sheds were built from flattened corrugated iron. Why were the sheets flattened? To go further. Dams and wells were dug and sunk by hand.

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