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Chapman Hill, WA  6280

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James and Elizabeth Wood migrated from South Africa in 1984, with their three children, son Duncan and daughters Fiona and Elizabeth. They brought with them ‘millions’ of carefully selected protea seeds, 25 years of experience in the floriculture industry in South Africa and a commitment to successfully grow protea cut flowers for export.

As South African migrants in the 80’s they were only permitted to transfer A$80,000 of their capital to Australia. Starting from scratch with a large mortgage to buy the farm, plant the seeds, establish the plantations, slowly build the infrastructure and grow the business was at times challenging, hard and tedious. Having to wait three years for a crop meant working in the confines of a very tight budget. Employing staff was out of the question and supplementary cash flow depended on James and Duncan finding casual work. Elizabeth attended to potting and raising the seedings for both the farm and sale to help sustain the necessary cash flow. It was the family’s sheer determination, hard work and will power to succeed that made it all possible.

They called their farm of 168 acres and business "Protea Pride" and consider themselves privileged to be accepted as Australian citizens.

Japan has been Protea Pride’s major export market since 1987.

Balancing environmental conservation and development, addressing ‘Landcare’ issues with minimal environmental pollution in mind is a striving force.

Protea Pride remains a family owned and managed business venture and continues to grow, process and export fresh cut flowers.

 

James and Elizabeth dared to dream, way back in 1992, that Hippo Lakes would eventually one day become a reality.

They never gave up and over the years planted trees, built a lake and slowly added the necessary infrastructure on the subdivision of 30 acres.

 

Sometimes dreams do come true

James and Elizabeth Wood migrated from South Africa in 1984, with their three children, son Duncan and daughters Fiona and Elizabeth. They brought with them ‘millions’ of carefully selected protea seeds, 25 years of experience in the floriculture industry in South Africa and a commitment to successfully grow protea cut flowers for export.

As South African migrants in the 80’s they were only permitted to transfer A$80,000 of their capital to Australia. Starting from scratch with a large mortgage to buy the farm, plant the seeds, establish the plantations, slowly build the infrastructure and grow the business was at times challenging, hard and tedious. Having to wait three years for a crop meant working in the confines of a very tight budget. Employing staff was out of the question and supplementary cash flow depended on James and Duncan finding casual work. Elizabeth attended to potting and raising the seedings for both the farm and sale to help sustain the necessary cash flow. It was the family’s sheer determination, hard work and will power to succeed that made it all possible.

They called their farm of 168 acres and business "Protea Pride" and consider themselves privileged to be accepted as Australian citizens.

Japan has been Protea Pride’s major export market since 1987.

Balancing environmental conservation and development, addressing ‘Landcare’ issues with minimal environmental pollution in mind is a striving force.

Protea Pride remains a family owned and managed business venture and continues to grow, process and export fresh cut flowers.

James and Elizabeth dared to dream, way back in 1992, that Hippo Lakes would eventually one day become a reality.

They never gave up and over the years planted trees, built a lake and slowly added the necessary infrastructure on the subdivision of 30 acres.

 

Sometimes dreams do come true

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