Statistical View of Van Diemen's Land: Comprising Its Geography, Geology, Climate, Health and Duration of Life, Divisions of the Island, Number of the Houses, Expences of the People, Manufactures, Habits, Literature, Amusements, Roads, and Public Works ... Up to the Year 1831, Forming a Complete Emigrant's Guide

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1832 - Tasmania - 188 pages

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Page 230 - No beasts of burden are allowed at the settlement, and as the whole of the timber is obtained, and all the buildings are erected by human hands alone, the labour is often of the most excessive kind. In commencing a new place for the procuring of timber, they begin by cutting down the trees and clearing a roadway perhaps a quarter of a mile in length. The large trunks of the trees being then divested of their branches, are rolled or carried and placed longitudinally together until a roadway of about...
Page 238 - I 1> deg. east) is just half-way between Cape Pillar and Cape Raoul, on the southern coast of Tasman's peninsula. These two remarkable capes have a grand appearance on approaching the harbour. The former consists of basaltic columns, built up as it were to an enormous height, and, from the regularity with which they are raised or piled, would almost seem to have been effected by human bands.
Page 122 - Of the various species of the argillaceous genus, basalt, as before observed, is by far the most abundant. Indeed, it would appear to be the chief and predominant substratum of the island. All along the coast it presents itself in rocky precipitous heights, standing on its beautiful columnar pedestals. Of these, Fluted Cape, at Adventure Bay, is, perhaps, the most remarkable, so called from the circular columns standing up close together, in the form of the barrels of an organ. Circular head, which...
Page 116 - This hilly character of the country, especially on the southern side of the island, admits but of little interruption. The hills are not only frequent, but continuously so, the general face of the island being a never ending succession of hill and dale, the Traveller no sooner...
Page 122 - That curious rock stands out into the sea, exactly like a huge round tower or fortress, built by human hands. Mount Wellington, the great western Table Mountain, and the rocky banks of many of the mountain rivers, as the Shannon, are composed of this rock. In some parts, both on the coast and in the interior, the columns stand up in insulated positions, springing up from the grass or the ocean like obelisks or huge needles, and presenting a singular appearance to the eye. On the south end of Brune...
Page 240 - r four rocky gullies and fresh- water streams on this side, where landing may be effected when the wind is easterly. The left or western side of the channel presents a very different aspect. Its rocky line is broken by bays and sandy beaches. There is also an open plain, with an undulating surface, covered with heath and small shrubs, and backed by a lofty range of hills, which run directly up from Cape Kaoul towards the north and south, and a branch range across the centre of the peninsula.
Page 251 - ... put up to sale for one month (by proclamation to be made and published for that purpose), and will not be sold at a lower rate than the value so fixed. XVII. Sealed tenders for the purchase of the land advertised as above, are to be addressed under cover to the colonial secretary, and marked each
Page 247 - It being of importance that settlers should not receive a greater extent of land than they are capable of improving, and that grants should not be made to persons who are desirous only of disposing of them...
Page 250 - The crown reserves to itself the right of making and constructing such roads and bridges as may be necessary for public purposes, in all lands purchased as above, and also to such indigenous timber, stone, and other materials, the produce of the land, as may be required for making and keeping the said roads and bridges in repair, and for any other public works. The crown farther reserves to itself all mines of precious metals and coal.
Page 241 - ... sides of the hills and in the valleys. But in addition to these, the banks of the streams which run along the vales are thickly planted with other trees of a most useful description. There is no part of the colony which can afford a greater variety or quantity of excellent fish than Port-Arthur.

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