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Phylloxera outbreak

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About Victoria's first phylloxera outbreak

Phylloxera, the aphid-like insect that devastated French vineyards in the 1860s, found its way to Australia in 1877 when infected European cuttings arrived at a vineyard in Fyansford outside Geelong. As the infestation progressed, from the Bellarine Peninsula to the Murray, the only recourse was to remove all infected vines. The solution came in the early 20th century with the planting of hybrid blight-resistant rootstocks.

Historic reports and editorials react to the initial outbreak, offering cures, comments and appeals against the infestation that crushed Victoria's early wine industry for decades.

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Grapes, Wilf Henty 1882–1941

Phylloxera outbreak

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