Pearls and Pearling Life

Pearls and Pearling Life

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...by a storekeeper, for any sum between 6d. and 5, and the general acceptance of Dutch guilders as two shilling pieces. The manager of the bank and his assistant were brutally murdered at Roebourne in January, 1885. In 1884, a steamer began to ply regularly between Fremantle and Singapore, touching at Cossack, and in 1885 the telegraph line was extended 700 miles from Geraldston to Cossack, thus placing this lonely station within a few hours' communication with Europe. The recent development of Cossack, consequent on the discovery of gold in the Kimberley district, in the north of Western Australia, has already been mentioned. It may not be out of place to remark that Mr. E. T. Hardman, in his geological exploration of the Kimberley country, a year or two ago, detected gold for a distance of about 140 miles along the course of the Ord and Elvire rivers; this discovery led to the systematic working of the alluvial deposits, and several nuggets of considerable size, one weighing as much as 28 ozs., have been brought to light. Mr. Haynes, in a letter to the author, dated July 26, 1886, states that 3,000 people have already arrived at these gold-fields. On the 20th of August, the "Assam" left London, carrying on board an enterprising gentleman, who has gone out with the intention of building several towns on the north-west coast, to be connected by railways. The rapid influx of immigrants in the northern part of Western Australia, has caused Cossack to acquire an importance, which, a short time ago, would never have been anticipated. CHAPTER IX. Torres Straits. 'The Diamond sleeps within the mine, The Pearl beneath the water." LTHOUGH this fishery has been of more importance than that of Western Australia, and has produced...show more

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  • Paperback | 64 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 132g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236573358
  • 9781236573353