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First time on the market in 40 years, 500-hectare ‘Jem Park’ Condoblin

By Lyndsey Douglas

For the first time in over 40 years (1975) Jem Park, on 1267acres, seven kilometres North of Condobolin will be offered for sale this week, on account of Mrs Edna Kiss the wife of the late Mr Jozsef Kiss a much-loved local business owner, farmer and emigrant from Hungary.

Marketing agent Paddy Ward of Ray White Condobolin says approximately 75 per cent of the property is arable, making it an ideal mixed farm enterprise.

“Jem Park is predominantly on responsive red soil Kurrajong country and close to Condobolin, a major agricultural hub with large grain storage facilities, rail freight networks and established rural services,” Mr Ward said.

“Condobolin is situated on the banks of the Lachlan River, producing many different products ranging from cotton, cereals, grains, lamb, beef and permanent plantings like citrus and nuts. Central West livestock exchange is located 100km from Condobolin where weekly cattle and sheep sales are conducted.”

The property has a 1000m airstrip with cross strip located next to aircraft hanger, as well as two large machinery sheds, and the sale includes household items.

“Jem Park has a rated dry sheep equivalent stocking capacity of 641, however with the planting of improved pastures and forage crops this can be increased.”

The large homestead has an established garden made up of numerous exotic citrus, stone fruit and other edible trees and plants, and was built by the present owners in 1980.

The property was the ‘relaxation’ for local business man, Joe Kiss.

Mr Ward said the property will go to auction in late May.

Additional information on the late Jozsef Kiss:

The town of Condobolin has been saddened by the loss of Jozsef Kiss, who was a well known and well loved character in the district.

“He was born and raised in Hungary, during the Great Depression and the war. His parents tried to grow food during this time, only to have it all removed by hungry soldiers. As a young man he tried to escape the country during the 1965 Hungarian Revolution but was caught and jailed in with 15 others in a two-man cell,” Mrs Edna Kiss said.

“He later crossed the border to Australia and picked Australia to emigrate to. He boarded a ship to Melbourne and arrived with only the clothes on his back. Because the Government brought him out to Australia, he had to go to a remote area and was sent (with a surgeon and tradesmen) to Gunnebang, west of Condobolin as fettles on the railway,” Mrs Edna Kiss said.

“Six weeks later, at age 21, he met and later married local Edna Beattie. He worked for seven years on the railway learning English and the confusing imperial measurement system. His wife was a good teacher and he soon mastered fractions he had never before seen. Joe’s many trades certificates from Hungary were not valid in Australia, so they bought a shed in town and slowly started a precision engineering business specialising in making  ‘hard to get’ machinery parts. This business grew to service contractors as far afield as Tasmania and Queensland,” Mrs Edna Kiss said.

“Joe’s relaxation was this 512 hectare farm Jem Park,” Mrs Edna Kiss said.

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