Australia Felix, Or, a Historical and Descriptive Account of the Settlement of Port Phillip, New South Wales; Including Full Particulars of the Manners and Condition of the Aboriginal Natives, with Observations on Emigration, on the Sytem

Australia Felix, Or, a Historical and Descriptive Account of the Settlement of Port Phillip, New South Wales; Including Full Particulars of the Manners and Condition of the Aboriginal Natives, with Observations on Emigration, on the Sytem

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1848 edition. Excerpt: ...It is not probable that a railway of any considerable extent will answer in the hands of a private company, even under the cheapest mode of construction; but in the hands of government, or in other words at the public expense, and open to the public, such facilities of transport would benefit the country; and undoubtedly some such undertakings will erelong be called for to render more accessible the pastoralregions of the remote interior. Sydney Morning Herald of 11th April 1846. The proverbial dangers hitherto attending the navigation of Bass's Straits are about to be in a great measure removed by the construction of several lighthouses, which have been long required. A committee of the Legislative Council was appointed in September 1845, " to inquire into and report as to the best positions of lighthouses or beacons in Bass's Straits or on _ the coasts adjacent." The committee recommended the erection of four lighthouses on different positions; namely, one on the north end of King's Island, and a second on Cape Otway, for the purpose of clearly marking the western entrance; with a third on the island at the extreme point of Cape Howe, and a fourth. on the highest pointof Kent's Group, for' the purpose of marking the eastern entrance to these straits. Mr Tyers has subsequently visited and examined Cape Howe and its vicinity, and fixed the site of the proposed lighthouse upon the highest point of the small island of Gubo, -an elevation of 158 feet above the level of the sea. Cape Otway has also been inspected by Mr La Trobe, and a lighthouse on that promontory is now in course of erection. The serious importance of these lighthouses was imperatively urged upon the attention of the colonial legislature by...show more

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  • 189 x 246 x 7mm | 240g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236746015
  • 9781236746016