The Emerald Museum had a most successful launch of a new exhibition on Sunday 28th May 2017 which was opened by the Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Brett Owen. The eventful afternoon saw approximately one hundred people attend this function. Many Nobelius descendants attended making it a great reunion.
The display tells the story on Carl Axel Nobelius and his Gembrook Nursery that was the largest nursery in the Southern hemisphere in the early 1900’s. On Show in the museum is a rare 1800’s typewriter used in the Nobelius office and a labelling machine that was imported from the USA in the early 1900’s, to label the bare rooted tree that were sent all over the world.
Nobelius was an innovator of horticulture his extensive history is endless. We have only touched on the surface of this far sited man, his nursery and family. A timeline covers the years 1851 from the birth of Nobelius, till 2017 in Nobelius Heritage park. The Emerald Museum will feature this exhibition as a permanent legacy to Carl Axel Nobelius. Last year Nobelius Heritage Park achieved State and National significance which is very timely.
Nobelius moved with his family to Emerald in 1892 after establishing 15 acres to start his wholesale nursery. By 1906 ‘Gembrook Nurseries’ covered over 600 acres (40 hectares).
In the world of business and society Nobelius had a reputation for traditional values of hard work, thrift and honesty.
In 1905 ‘The Age' newspaper states, “After a visit to the nursery from the Governor of Victoria, he describes Nobelius as a man of energy, enterprise, perseverance, courage and above all integrity. Nobelius contributed in no small way to the social, educational, and sporting life of the Emerald community which provided his labour.”