North-West Tasmania 1858-1910 : the establishment of an agricultural community
Concerned with the economic decline of the colony, the Tasmanian parliament in 1858 approved legislation intended to settle small farmers in the often fertile but heavily-timbered western half of the island. The new act at first attracted many settlers to the forest lands, most of whom had at least some previous experience of farming, if little capital. But within a decade they were threatened with ruin because of a disastrous fall in Australian crop prices, the effects of which...[Show more]
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