Ship “Harvest Home”
(1,944 Tons Register)
Loading the First Cargo of New South Wales Timbers for London
September, 1895

Excerpts from an article titled Timbers of the Colony by J. H. Maiden, F.L.S., Superintendent of Technical Education, &c.  – published in “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias” (1896)

The timber-trees of New South Wales are found, for the most part, in either what are called brushes or open forests.  The brush perhaps corresponds to what in India would be called jungle, and consists of well-watered, rich-soil areas in the coast districts, which not only support rich arboreal vegetation, but also creepers and climbers of various kinds, and shrubby undergrowth.  The tree-vegetation is of a most varied character, but rarely includes Eucalypts.  In open forests, on the other hand, Eucalypts form the prevailing vegetation in the coast districts, and frequently attain a great size.  As compared with brush forests the soil is less rich and moist.

During 1894 we (NSW) exported 46,000 spokes and 9,600 felloes to Victoria and 31,500 to South Australia.  The exports of these articles to New Zealand approximately equal those to Victoria. “Felloes and spokes” are enumerated in the Customs statistics under the heading of “Carriage-makers’ materials.”  Hubs and naves are included in the same classifications, but no figures are available as to the imports and exports of those articles.

Provenance: “New South Wales: the mother colony of the Australias“. Frank Hutchinson, Edited by F. Hutchinson.
Author: Frank Hutchinson
Date of Publication: 1896
Publisher: C. Potter
Place of Publishing: Sydney
Copyright status: Out of copyright
Courtesy: The British Library

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