Farm History

Janine and her Dad

Noreen and Terry Wakelam purchased the farm in 1960. The property was named Allendale after the family farm in England and comprised 460 acres.

Originally a dairy farm, in the distance to the North you can see   a white building that is the original dairy. The farm supported a milking herd of  150 cows.

There have been, over the years a variety of enterprises including various types of animals including pig’s sheep, cows, donkeys, and chickens and at other stages cropping has been attempted including growing corn.

Also established during this period was Tonimbuk stud for Welsh ponies, which were imported from the UK and bred.  Currently Charolaise bulls, a variety of beef cattle, originating from France graze in  the surrounding paddocks.

Terry and Noreen were aware back in the sixties of the importance of considering the environment, preserving as much bush as possible whilst running a farming enterprise, and to this day there is over fifty acres of native bush surrounds Tallawarra, a tribute to their foresight in environmental responsibility.

The property remains in the family to the current day and has been divided into 3 parcels of land. Janine and Andrey Lebkowski are the current owners of a 28 acre parcel of bush and pasture land. Janine grew up on the farm and left for a while to pursue a career in Teaching, met Andrey who is a trained viticulturist with a background in marketing  and together they have developed the current property.

Martha Ellis was the original owner of the farm and Ellis road is named in her honour.