Walch's Tasmanian Guide Book; A Handbook of Information for All Parts of the Colony

Walch's Tasmanian Guide Book; A Handbook of Information for All Parts of the Colony

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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. 1871 edition. Excerpt: ...South Esk and St. Paul's rivers for picnic parties; but St. Paul's Dome forms the chief attraction for the local residents. " The gum (eucalyptus) and wattle (acacia) are the only trees on the landscape, but the banks of the Paul's River are ornamented in various places by a very unique and peculiar indigenous pine, rarely attaining a height beyond twelve feet. The tops of the Tiers and St. Paul's Dome have some very large gum and stringy-bark trees, which are valuable for sawing and splitting purposes, and supply the wants of the settlers. There are no monster trees in the neighbourhood; but the blackwood is found about Ben Lomond of very large dimensions. " The ordinary birds and reptiles of the colony abound at Avoca, as well as kangaroo (brush and forest), wallaby, opossum, etc. The wombat is also found here in the vicinity of Ben Lomond, as well as devils and tigers. The common dog in the wild state abounds in this neighbourhood to the great injury of the sheepholder. It chiefly frequents the Eastern and Campbell Town Tiers, rendering the Crown lands there ahnost unavailable for sheep. " The tribes of aborigines which frequented this neighbour hood in former days were very fierce, and committed many murders. An old man over 90 years still lives here, whose two companions were killed and himself left for dead. His scars give evidence of the narrowness of his escape. The proximity of the mountain fastnesses rendered this district the haunt of various gangs of bushrangers in former years, of whom there are many traditions. " Sheepfarming is the chief occupation of the settlers, and it is generally impossible to procure either flour, wheat, oats, potatoes, butter, eggs, cheese, or...
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  • Paperback | 98 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 191g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123683643X
  • 9781236836434