Steam to Australia and New Zealand; A Collection of Letters
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1850 edition. Excerpt: ... not only is the distance about the same as by either of the others, but it is the only one which embraces a regular communication, both out and home, with all the colonies. That by Singapore, from the necessity of its traversing the western side of Australia on the passage to Sydney, and returning through Torres Straits during the favourable monsoon, or six months of the year, would not only leave Sydney, the last port reached and the first left, which appears to have been the chief objection on the part of the Sydney people to the Cape route, but for the return post would during that time be almost valueless to Adelaide, Port Philip, Van Diemen's Land, and Western Australia, as the short stay the steamers would make at either of the places would not alloAV time for the letters to pass through the different post-offices, much less be replied to, for which they must wait the arrival of the following outward packet for Sydney, and thus lose a month. The same cause would also seriously affect the revenue, as very many of the letters from those colonies would be then forwarded by private ship rather than pay the packet rate for the chance of gaining a few days. "It has been stated that the 6,000 mentioned as voted by the Legislative Council of New South Wales, in aid of the steam communication, was intended to be applied towards the conveyance of mails to Sydney, via Singapore, the knowledge of which circixmstance, it is said, may probably prevent miscalculation as to the funds available on behalf of the Cape, or other lines which may be projected. I think there is an error in that respect. However, it would make but little difference, as I have received information from all the southern colonies, that they most positively would not...
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