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.