Dairy Operation 1920’s Style

March 26, 2013
March 26, 2013

Last week I visited the Mount Tamborine Heritage Centre in South East Queensland, Australia, a lush, green mountain with an average rainfall of 1500mls per year. Back in the early 1900’s when Mount Tamborine was settled, it  was largely dairy country. Unfortunately dairying has mostly disappeared  now, although the area does remain somewhat agriculture as it is also a perfect climate for growing avocados.

I was aware the heritage centre had resurrected one of the old dairy’s from the region called Jenyn’s Dairy. The below photos give a good story about how it was done back then.

About Jenyns Dairy

Milking Stall

One of the original stalls with a door that opens and the cows walked straight through after milking.

Holding Tank

The holding tank located in the processing room on the other side of the milking parlour


The motor / pump setup

Dairy Herd Testing Instructions

Milk Testing Equipment Side view

Milk Testing Equipment Side view

Milk testing Diagram

Milk testing diagram

Cream Separator and Information

The cream separator and explanatory information about how it worked.

Cream Separator

Close up of the cream separator – side view

3D mock up

A 3D model of another dairy farm in the area back in the early 1920’s.

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