Present state of the Colony

In 1868 Sir George Bowen was sent to govern New Zealand and Governor Blackall took charge of the affairs in Queensland. He was a man of fine talents and amiable character and was greatly respected by the colonists; but he died not long after his arrival and was succeeded by the Marquis of Normanby, who, in his turn, was succeeded , in 1874, by Mr Cairns.

Queensland possesses magnificent resources, which have only recently been made known and are now in the process of development. Her exports of gold exceed £1,000,000 a year; she produces enormous qunatities of tin, copper and other minerals. The wool clipped from her sheep exceeds £1,300,000 in annual value ; and her total exports, including cotton, sugar and other tropical productions, amount to about £4,000,000 per annum. The population is now about 200,000 or eight times the number of inhabitants the colony contained only 16 years ago; and immigrants continue to arrive at the rate of about 16,000 a year. Though the youngest of the Australian colonies, Queensland now ranks fourth on the list and appears to have a most promising future before it.

 

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