Item 19 - Cygnet Cooperative Canning Society

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Cygnet Cooperative Canning Society


  • 1938-1969 (Creation)

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In 1937 a group of apple farmers around Cygnet were frustrated at how hard it was to make a living off the land. The prices they were being offered by private processing companies were below the cost of production. They decided it was time for action and called a public meeting at Cygnet Town Hall. The government of the day told the meeting that if 100 farmers each put in 10 pounds, they would help them to finance their own processing facility. Within 3 days 100 farmers had agreed and the Cygnet Co-operative Canning Society was born. For more information see:

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Typed notes of the history from 1938 of the Cygnet Cooperative Canning Society written circa 1969.

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Partners Progress - The Cygnet Co-operative Canning Society Limited
Description: a review of the first twenty five years of the Co-operative, 1938-1963. This history explains the establishment of the co-operative, information on the directors and a season by season history of the society and factory. This factory located along the Lymington Esplanade, a short walk from the Cygnet township is still operating today.

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gc August 2018




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