The first Butter Factory in Yarragon was recorded in 1901. The Dairy was situated on
and operated by the Melbourne Chilled Butter & Produce Co. However in 1904 the company went into liquidation and the Yarragon Co-operative Butter Factory was formed in 1905.
In 1908 the Yarragon Factory installed the first combined churn and butter worker in
and continued their operation until 1921 when it almegated with the Trafalgar Co-operative and traded as the Trafalgar and Yarragon Co-operative Butter and Cheese Factory. In 1933 portion of the Yarragon factory was destroyed by fire and all manufacturing was done at Trafalgar.
In 1935 The Yarragon Dairy Co. Pty.Ltd was formed and a new factory was build and opened for business in 1936In 1954 the company was purchased by Peters Ice Cream Pty Ltd. and in 1961 the office block and laboratory was build.
In 1969 a decision was made to place the managerial responsibility for the three local factories, Warragul, Yarragon and Trafalgar in the hands of local stake holders. Yoghurt and special powders continued to be manufactured at the Yarragon Dairy until 1978. The Yarragon Dairy was then taken over by a private individual who sold whatever was left and other iterms were said
to have been stolen and removed by former workers, leaving absolutely nothing, but a total mess. The Dairy was left deserted until Andy and Bente Jobsz purchased the property in December 2001. Andy and Bente with the help of their sons Kirk and Jamie, spent the next many years cleaning and repairing the property at a cost of $300,000 a far cry from the total $600,000 needed to compleate the repairs and renovations. Bente and Andy left for the
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So sorry that I did not get back to you, I dont have any pictures but there are some at the Yarragon station
Wishing you all a wonderful Christmas and a prosperous New Year
I never heard from you again, but I am wondering if you have any old pictures from the Yarragon Dairy from years gone by. would be great if you could share some
Sounds good, let us know when you like to come round and look around. Regards Andy and Bente