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Extracts from reports on certain agricultural districts of New South Wales / by W.S. Campbell.
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"The chief object of my visits to these districts was to select suitable areas where experimental or demonstrating farms might be established in the future ... " - Introduction.
Contains author's comments and corrections in the form of marginalia.
Loosely inserted are:
Part of a note in the author's hand commenting on the importance of establishing agricultural schools, colleges and experimental farms ; a photograph of what appear to be farm workers standing in a ploughed field, perhaps being instructed in a particular aspect of agricultural work ; a pamphlet entitled The Richmond River district, New South Wales by W.S. Campbell [1896] with a note in the author's hand stating "Paper read before Farmers Conference, Hawkesbury Ag College in 1895. "
Contents: Richmond River District -- Tamworth (Liverpool Plains Pastoral District) -- Bathurst District -- Orange District -- Tumut District -- Cootamundra District -- Clarence River District -- New England Pastoral District (Districts within) -- Tenterfield District -- Glen Innes District -- Armidale District -- Inverell District -- Molong District -- Argyle District -- Monaro District (Cooma).
Provenance: Author's copy.
Author's signature on title page.
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Sydney : Published by authority of the Honorable F. Abigail, Minister for Mines,[Charles Potter, Govt. Printer]
47 pages ; 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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