It’s hard to imagine Killarney without the Wickhams. They are highly visible. The pioneering family’s enormous fleet of refrigerated trucks travel the highways daily. More than 50 locals work on their potato and onion farms, and in their packing and processing sheds smack in the middle of town.
But it’s their less visible presence that keeps the tight-knit, rural community’s heart beating.
In the 1950s brothers, Peter and Angus Wickham started growing and packing potatoes in the fertile red soil of the Falls, Killarney. Their potato empire grew, along with their passion for the tiny town that would be home to their children, and grandchildren.
Their family’s commitment to producing superior quality potatoes and onions for Coles Supermarket aligned with their commitment to Killarney’s prosperity.
Peter and his children have kept a keen eye on the horticulture industry, looking for opportunities to expand and evolve their businesses. They have applied the same strategic focus to their numerous board positions, helping guide the sustainability of the Killarney Co-op, Killarney Memorial Aged Care, the Killarney Recreational Club, the Killarney Show Society and the Warwick Credit Union, just to name a few.
Peter’s daughter, Kerri-Ann Lamb, who is breaking new ground in the male-dominated horticultural industry, says her family’s commitment to Killarney is unwavering.
“We are embedded in this community,” she said.
“It’s our family; we derive our income from this land. We want our community to be strong and to thrive.”