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Australian Handbook 1884

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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 1884', the fifteenth 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.

WINSLOW, a post town in the county of Villiers, and electoral district of Villiers and Heytesbury, on the banks of Lake Cartcarronge (freshwater), 2 miles from Spring Creek, 6 from Merri River, 171 miles SW. of Melbourne, 13 miles N. Of the seaport town of Warrnambool,7 N. from Woodford, and 7 NE. from Koroit. Population 103. Winslow has a State school (No. 654), average attendance 31, a church (Episcopalian) supplied from Koroit, and an hotel, Burke's. The route to Melbourne is by coach to Warrnambool, and steamer thence, or coach and rail, vid Colac. The district is of an agricultural and pastoral character.

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 (agricultural machinery, gunpowder, drapery, playing cards, soap, Singleton’s Golden Eye Ointment, philosophical and photographic instruments, perfumery 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
  • Australasian ministries
  • wool statistics
  • obituaries of people who died between November 1882 and October 1883
  • hundreds of advertisements

This handbook gives a snapshot of the world of our ancestors in the mid 1880s.