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Australian Handbook 1881

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Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, and Fiji Islands, the 'Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1881', the twelfth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, local self-government, telegraphic and postal details, police, banking, shipping, mining and land regulations, newspaper, manufacturers, emigration, as well as naval and military forces. You will also find details of the governors, consuls and ecclesiastical appointments of the time.

WYNYARD, on the river Inglis, a township and port of entry, money-order office, and telegraph station, in the county and electorate of Wellington, police district of Emu Bay, 114 miles distant from Launceston, NW., and 247 miles from Hobart Town, NW., with a population of about 230 persons. There are places of worship for members of the Church of England, Roman Catholic Church, a public school, a. public library and assembly rooms, and two hotels --the Court-house and the Commercial. Population of district, 900. In the neighbourhood is a large saw-mill, belonging to Messrs. Moore and Quiggin.

The Directory and Business Guide portion of the Handbook is a comprehensive listing of importers, exporters and shippers. For the importers and exporters it lists their name, address and what they trade (pictures and picture frames, oak carvings, oleographs, billiard tables, agricultural instruments, lighthouse apparatus, cricketing materials and more) - exporters from England and Scotland and importers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Features of this Handbook include:

  • emigration information “likely to be of service to intending Emigrants”
  • land regulations for each state and New Zealand
  • mining regulations for each state and New Zealand
  • historical outline and chronology of events in Australian history
  • obituaries of people who died between November 1879 and October 1880
  • hundreds of advertisements

This handbook gives a snapshot of the world of our ancestors at the start of the 1880s.