Information from D&DHS resources says that the main OT dam
was built in 1934 by horse drawn scoops with stone being carted for the
wall/bank. It was built by local men
employed the OT Cordial Company (later to become Kia Ora Cordials) for
irrigation purposes. Two dams were
constructed the larger one in the timber above the property and a smaller one
nearer Boundary Road (near where Collins Road is located). They made a cordial called OT with chillies
which is where the name OT came from.
The business closed in the early 1940's probably due to lack of manpower
due to the war.
There were additional passionfruit vines grown for Passiona around the Harrison Rd, Dromana Secondary school area. Trofeo Estate in
Harrisons Road is now in the old Passiflora factory building. This company was owned by the William Crosby
company. Passila was the brand name of
the cordial made there from the passionfruit grown on the property. The passionfruit vines apparently began dying
due to ploughing between the rows affecting the root systems of the vines. It is believed that passionfruit were brought
in from Western Australia to make up for the loss of local fruit. Production eventually ceased in 1941.