Fremantle: J. B. Cant & Co, 1897. First edition. Pamphlet. Very good condition. "it is Britain's magnificent destiny to be the chief colonising and civilising power in the world." (p5) ... Aforetime long neglected, if not despised [Western Australia] has, chiefly by reason of the discovery, with in the last few years, of marvelously rich auriferous areas within its confines, leapt, at one bound ... into a position of prime importance" (p6). An account of the condition and resources of the colony of Western Australia, prepared under the supervision of the Commissioner of Crown Lands, intended for circulation in Britain.Content focuses on economic conditions: financial position, railways, vital statistics, educational facilities, mining industry, desirable settlers, selection of land, free farms, conditional purchase of land, pastoral divisions, agricultural settlement & prospects, agricultural bureau, agricultural bank, Crown Lands department, farming districts, fruit growing, viticulture, wooded wealth, and pearl and oyster fisheries. Small 8vo, 60pp, LACKS the large folding map. Printed cream wrappers, with title in black at front wrapper. Wrappers marked with a long strip of paper supporting the spine. With a couple of stamps for the Brighton School and Reynella School, and a hand-written "No. 277" in red pencil on fron twrapper. Libraries Australia ID 54230292; OCLC: 49635945. Ferguson 8073. (Inventory #: 22302)
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