Manilla Grove Business Sign

‘EXCEPT THE VINE, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive.’ Pliny (AD 23-79)

Manilla Grove is an olive growing and processing venture in Upper Manilla, New South Wales where they produce extra virgin olive oil as well as honey. (For those who know their varieties, they offer Correggiola, Frantoio, Koroneiki and Manzanillo.)

Although people tend to think of olives as a Mediterranean specialty, olive farming has actually been going on in Australia since the early 1800’s, when probably the first groves were planted in Parramatta, Sydney. The idea of planting olive trees spread fairly quickly to all the states and territories (not including Tasmania) – with the main activity in South Australia and Victoria. In the mid 1800’s, trees were imported from France, Sicily and South America. Today, the largest plantation in Australia is located at the foot of the Grampians near Horsham, which was planted by Jacob Friedman in 1943. A bit of interesting history is the fact that the penal settlement on the island of St. Helena in Moreton Bay, Queensland had a thriving commercial olive grove in the early 1900’s. The prisoners grew much of their own food and sold produce to make their living. Among these products was olive oil which was, amazingly enough, exported to Italy.

Danthonia Designs designed and fabricated this attractive sign for Manilla Grove which features hand painted artwork on an add-on panel, together with hand carved and g23kt gold gilded letters, as well as carved and painted text. A top trim adds class and dimension to this handcrafted sign.

Carved & Gilded / Painted
Flat Painted Add on
Sign Size
34 " x 39 "