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From colony to commonwealth : a short account of the rise and progress of agriculture in New South Wales, from the foundation of the colony, 26th January, 1788, to 1st January, 1901 / by W.S. Campbell. [Variant title: Old and new Sydney] [Variant title: Old & new Sydney]
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Running title: Agricultural gazette of N.S. Wales [January, 1901]
At head of title: Department of Agriculture Sydney, New South Wales.
Reprinted from the Agricultural Gazette of N.S. Wales.
Spine title: Old & new Sydney.
Lacks cover.
Some cut-outs and missing pages between pages 96-101.
Provenance: Author's copy.
Author's signature on title page.
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Sydney : W.A. Gullick, Govt. Printer
113 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Walter Scott Campbell, public servant, was born on 11 June 1844 at Maitland, New South Wales. Educated at Rev. William Woolls's school at Parramatta, Fort Street Model School, and Sydney Grammar School, he joined the surveyor-general's branch of the
Department of Lands as a draftsman in 1861. Campbell became chief draftsman in the new Department of Mines and in 1893 became chief clerk in the drastically reduced agricultural branch of the Department of Mines and Agriculture. Despite depressed economic conditions, drought and the rabbit plague, in Campbell's time the colony became self-sufficient in wheat production. By 1896 he had reputedly spent £100,000 on Hawkesbury Agricultural College. In 1898 he persuaded William Farrer to join the department and after 1902 the distribution by the department of the Federation wheat-variety developed by Farrer made possible a vast increase in the State's wheat acreage. Campbell became chief inspector of agriculture and travelling instructor in 1900. He wrote many articles for the Agricultural Gazette of New South Wales, and in 1893 published an exhaustive and scholarly report on sericulture. Deeply interested in botany, Campbell collected for Sir Ferdinand Mueller and Dr William Woolls and was a friend of R. D. FitzGerald. In 1901 he was elected a fellow of the Linnean Society of London. He was also a keen historian and a council-member of the (Royal) Australian Historical Society (president 1916), contributing many articles to its Journal and Proceedings. - [from the Australian Dictionary of Biography.]
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