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Not surprisingly Nobelius lobbied enthusiastically for a railway line to be built from Ferntree Gully to link the district to the outside world. This subsequently proved to be successful and a ‘narrow gauge’ line was built from Ferntree Gully to Gembrook with the first train running in December 1900.

In 1904 the Victorian Railways built a siding and gave Nobelius permission to build a packing shed alongside of the railway line. In the packing shed trees were packed in straw and hessian and tied with twine ready for transport. Below the packing shed there was a fumigation chamber, where, consignments could be fumigated before dispatch, if requested by the customer.

Gembrook Nurseries expanded rapidly after the turn of the century, and by 1903 Nobelius had one million trees for sale and employed 36 workers.

North-east section of Gembrook Nurseries

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