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April 2013

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Wolf(e) Mainzer 1852 - 1942
Wolf(e) Mainzer 1852 - 1942
1889/90 Naturalization certificate 
  15 Aug 2017
Wolf(e) Mainzer 1852 - 1942
Wolf(e) Mainzer 1852 - 1942
1891 marriage certificate 
  15 Aug 2017
Winifred Emily Whitehouse 1898 - 1965
Winifred Emily Whitehouse 1898 - 1965
Photograph from about 1947 showing Win holding Nicholas (Nick) Blake, who kindly provided the photo. 
  9 Aug 2017
Margot Grace Anderson, previously Minter nee Fulton
Margot Grace Anderson, previously Minter nee Fulton
Margot's 1970 application for naturalization as a US citizen. 
  7 Aug 2017
James Alexander Anderson 1929 - 2006
James Alexander Anderson 1929 - 2006
James Alexander Anderson and his wife Margot Grace emigrated to the USA in 1960. Both signed a declaration of their intention to become US citizens in 1968. 
  7 Aug 2017
Margot Grace Anderson, previously Minter nee Fulton
Margot Grace Anderson, previously Minter nee Fulton
Margot and husband James Alexander Anderson emigrated to the USA in 1960. Both signed a declaration of their intention to become US citizens in 1968. 
  7 Aug 2017
Darren James Minter
Darren James Minter
The Weekend Australian, 29 July 2017

Orange boom times a good chance for navel gazing

Mildura orange grower Darren Minter is a happy man. After a cool summer, ripe oranges are hanging heavily from the trees on his farm near Iraak, Victoria, ready to be harvested.

But it is not just the size, quality and taste that is better this year. So too are the ­export prices, with Mr Minter’s top-grade navel eating oranges selling for $1000 a tonne, driven to record highs by unprecedented Chinese demand.

Six years ago China did not buy a single fresh orange from Australia. This year it will overtake Japan as Australia’s biggest export destin­ation, with 40,000 tonnes of ­oranges worth $70 million — about one-quarter of all orange ­exports — to be shipped to China.

The trade surge is the result of the obsession by middle-class Chin­ese consumers with eating healthy, safe food grown in Australia; a desire that has spread from infant milk formula and beef to now include fresh fruit.

Even major orange exporters such as the Mildura Fruit Company — bought several years ago by Chinese state-owned Bright Foods — can’t keep up, despite ­increased production from big growers such as Minter Magic.

It’s a remarkable industry turnaround for citrus growers such as the Minter family, who have been farming grapes, oranges and ­almonds along the Murray River near Mildura for four generations.

Six years ago, orange prices were so low — one-tenth of current­ values — growers were ripping out trees, leaving fruit to rot on the ground or feeding oranges to cattle. Many citrus farmers planted wine grapes instead.

“It’s been an amazing change after a very tough decade. In 2011 after the drought I was on my arse financially, wondering how I would pay the bills and ready to walk away,” Mr Minter says.

“If you had told me then that five years later my farm would have tripled in size (to 300ha), I’d be planting more trees and oranges­ would be selling for $1000 a tonne, I would have laughed.”

But for Australian consumers the export boom to China has a downside. While fresh oranges ­remain cheap in supermarkets — although the best fruit is all going overseas — the price of Australian-grown orange juice has climbed to more than $7 for two litres­. It is simply not worthwhile for Australian farmers to grow the lower-value Valencia juicing ­oranges for the local market when export prices are so high.

It has left local juice companies such as Berri and Daily Juice — both owned by the Japanese Lion-Kirin group — forced to import orange juice concentrate from Brazil. Stickers added to Daily Juice’s orange juice last month warned consumers that “a ­national­ shortage of oranges” had forced a switch to imports.

Moree farmer Dick Estens, who owns The Grove juice company, has resorted to planting large orchards of new Valencia trees on his own properties to ensure his business does not run dry.

“The Chinese are sucking in ­oranges from everywhere, it’s causing us a headache,” Mr Estens says.

“I’m not sure Australian consumers have realised that unless they pay more for locally grown orange juice, maybe $10 for two ­litres, it’s all going to end up with the rising Chinese middle class.” 
  29 Jul 2017
George Lewis Christopher Minter 1926 - 1975
George Lewis Christopher Minter 1926 - 1975
Newspaper photo - 1952 marriage to Margot Grace Fulton. Published in the Dundee Courier on 7 March 1952 
  28 Jul 2017
Geoffrey Norman Minter born 1943
Geoffrey Norman Minter born 1943
Geoff with son Darren and grandson Garry. 
  19 Jul 2017

Headstones

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George Minter 1828 - 1854
George Minter 1828 - 1854
Detail from tombstone in Camperdown Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales 
     31 Jul 2017
George Minter 1828 - 1854
George Minter 1828 - 1854
Tombstone in Camperdown Cemetery, Sydney, New South Wales 
     31 Jul 2017

Individuals

 ID   Last Name, Given Name(s)   Born/Christened   Location   Tree   Last Modified 
I10 
Minter, Dorothy Johanna 
b. 6 Mar 1893  Acton, Middlesex  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I11 
WOLFSOHN, Gustav 
b. 20 Dec 1881   Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I6 
UNKNOWN, Karolina 
   Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I15 
RITTENBERG, Benjamin 
b. Abt 1845  Russia  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I12 
RITSON né RITTENBERG, Max Mark Lion 
b. 18 Apr 1880  Moore Park, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I16 
MOSS, Elizabeth aka Lily 
b. Abt 1862  Victoria, Australia  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I14 
RITSON né RITTENBERG, David M 
b. Dec 1924  Hampstead RD  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I13 
RITSON née RITTENBERG, Linda E 
b. Dec 1920  Hampstead RD  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I9 
Minter née MAINZER, Daisy Caroline 
b. 9 Jan 1892  Acton, Middlesex  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
I7 
MAINZER, Wolf(e) 
b. 11 Nov 1852  Lorsch, Hessen, Germany  Adoption 14 Aug 2017

Families
          
 ID   Father ID   Father's Name   Mother ID   Mother's Name   Married   Tree   Last Modified 
 F4 
 I11  Gustav WOLFSOHN  I10  Dorothy Johanna Minter  27 Dec 1933  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
 F6 
 I15  Benjamin RITTENBERG  I16  Elizabeth aka Lily MOSS  1879  Adoption 15 Aug 2017
 F5 
 I12  Max Mark Lion RITSON né RITTENBERG  I9  Daisy Caroline Minter née MAINZER    Adoption 14 Aug 2017
 F3 
 I7  Wolf(e) MAINZER  I8  Clara NATHAN  15 Jan 1891  Adoption 14 Aug 2017
 F2 
 I5  Löb (Loeb) MAINZER  I6  Karolina UNKNOWN    Adoption 14 Aug 2017
 F353 
 I2523  James Alexander ANDERSON  I2520  Margot Grace FULTON    Ash, Kent 7 Aug 2017
 F266 
 I801  Jibi SHOMUYIWA  I214  Rebecca Louise C Minter    Eyke, Suffolk 2 Aug 2017
 F109 
 I332  David McCALLA  I214  Rebecca Louise C Minter    Eyke, Suffolk 2 Aug 2017
 F64 
 I213  Colin E PAGE  I212  Nicola S Minter    Eyke, Suffolk 1 Aug 2017
 F834 
 I2813  Paul BARKER  I2812  Katie Louise WELLS    Ash, Kent 31 Jul 2017