Convict Trail

14. The Apple and Pear Industry

The Tasman Peninsula’s suitability for growing apples and pears was established during the convict era.  Following the closure of the penal settlements many settlers took up the land with a view to becoming orchardists.  The industry reached its peak in the late 1950’s by which time there were 35 orchards in the area.  Large quantities of fruit were exported, and Premaydena was known as the ‘pear capital’ of Tasmania.