Fonds MG 11 - Southbrook Farms (formerly Patch Farms Fonds/Don Head Farms) fonds

Don Head Sheep, n.d. Don Head Cow and Six Men, n.d. Don Head Sheep, n.d. Grand Champion Ram of Show, Ernest Redelmeier Presenting Trophy, 1978 Patterson and Bros, n.d. Southdown Sheep, ca. late 1920s Southdown Sheep, n.d. Southdown Ewe Lambs, Sussex County Show, 1928 Southdown Ram, ca. early 1930s

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Southbrook Farms (formerly Patch Farms Fonds/Don Head Farms) fonds

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CA CoV Archives MG 11

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  • 1930-1991 (Creation)

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45 cm of textual records and other material

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Custodial history

The Don Head Farm was established by John D. Patterson in 1930 when the former established a new Aberdeen-Angus cattle herd that would ultimately play a prominent part in the development of the Aberdeen Angus herd in North America. The operation also included a flock of Southdown Sheep. J.D. Patterson was the son of Peter Patterson who, with his brother, established Patterson and Bro., a farm machine manufacturing firm, on the site of the Don Head Farms in 1851. In 1940, the farm was purchased by Willy Redelmeier, a Dutch banker. In 1991, the farm was owned and operated by two of his sons, Ernest and Francis. Francis and Ruth Redelmeier’s farm became known as Patch Farms and was later sold, while today, part of Ernest’s original farm is owned and operated by his son, Bill, known as Southbrook Farms Vineyards.

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Fonds consists of payroll books, herd register, sheep and cattle pedigrees, lists of sale, herd dispersion material, farm guest book, periodical material, newspaper clippings, 59 photoprints (includes 10 photoprints depicting farm in the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, 1954) 3 postcards, and 6 wood-mounted printer's plates (1 of Southdown ewe, others of Angus and Jersey cattle herds); also includes videocassette copy of original 8 mm footage of commercial and other activity on the farm during the period 1939-1952.

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  • English

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  • Bay 4, Sh. 3 (photonegatives)
  • Bay 5, Sh. 30
  • Bay 18, Sh. 10 (O/S)

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