Item #5000818 Report made to the Special General Meeting of the Van Diemen's Land Company, held at the Company's Office, in Old Broad Street, the 31st October, 1833. VAN DIEMEN'S LAND COMPANY.

Report made to the Special General Meeting of the Van Diemen's Land Company…
Report made to the Special General Meeting of the Van Diemen's Land Company, held at the Company's Office, in Old Broad Street, the 31st October, 1833.

London: Printed by George Woodfall, 1833.

Octavo, 8 pp., unbound as issued, top edges unopened.

Abandoning large scale sheep-rearing in Surrey Hills

Not originally noted by Ferguson, who did record the report of the eighth "Yearly General Meeting" that had taken place in March of the same year. The Ferguson Addenda volume locates two Tasmanian institutional copies and another in South Australia.

Not originally noted by Ferguson, who did record the report of the eighth "Yearly General Meeting" that had taken place in March of the same year. The Ferguson Addenda volume locates two Tasmanian institutional copies and another in South Australia.

The Van Diemen's Land Company, major land-owner and farming corporation in Tasmania, is still in business today if considerably reduced in size, and is "widely believed to be the last Australian chartered company still operating". It was founded in 1825 by a group of London merchants who planned a wool growing venture to supply the needs of the British industry and markets. Edward Curr was appointed as their chief agent, arriving back in Hobart in 1826. Large scale plans were put into place for sheep-rearing on the Company's huge grant at Surrey Hills, but the attempts failed over the first years of the 1830s with cold weather and disease combining with the unanticipated poverty of the land. "After the disastrous loss of the valuable sheep, it became necessary to reconsider the company's programme, and Curr sailed for England in April 1833 with his wife and six children to discuss it with the directors. It was decided to abandon large scale sheep-rearing...". This report details the decision to close down the project and instead to concentrate on the Company's holdings at Circular Head and Woolnorth.

Ferguson (Addenda), 1722a.

Condition Report: In fine condition, as issued.

Price (AUD): $385.00

US$255.79   Other currencies

Ref: #5000818

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