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The Hansen family has got long history of growing pears. Carl Oluf Soelberg / Hansen who was a merchard sailor came here all the way from Norway and was discharged in Hobart in 1870s. He found a job at Dr. Harry Benjafield's orhards in Moonah where he established good relationship and the mutual passion for orcharding with the doctor and was soon sent to Tasman Peninsula to help setting up the Nubeena orchard for him.
Dr. Harry Benjafield (1845-1917) who is credited with introducing over 50 varieties of pears to Australia His properties at Nubeena on the Tasman peninsula were at the time the centre of the Australian pear industry, where he developed his pear and apple varieties, like known Democrate apple.
Carl having an opportunity to buy the neighbouring block in Nubeena, planted his first pear and apple trees and built the homestead of the Hansen family.