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Booklet - 'Victoria For The Settler', Crown Lands Department, 1912 Document Reg. No: ST 040956

Booklet 'Victoria for the Settler', published by the Crown Lands Department in 1912. This booklet was produced as a souvenir of the Royal Agricultural Show, and was issued under direction of the Advertising and Intelligence Bureau, Lands Department.

The booklet includes: instructions, hints, advances and general information for intending settlers; information about Crown Lands and the Land Act of 1901; advice about irrigation in Victoria and the Goulburn irrigation system specifically; information about the Closer Settlement of re-purchased estates; and information about wire netting advances.

In 1904 the Victorian Government established the Closer Settlement Scheme to entice people away from the inner city. Small holdings for farming were made available throughout the state. In Melbourne, land was subdivided for workers' homes in the fringe suburbs of Footscray, Brunswick, Northcote and Thornbury, and for 'clerks' in the eastern suburbs of Glenhuntly and Tooronga.

In 1915, a royal commission found that the scheme was seriously flawed. Water, sewerage, roads, schools and other infrastructure lagged behind the construction of homes, and the blocks of land were often too small to be viable as farms. By 1916, about 1000 homes had been built. Residents struggled for years, however, to get such basic amenities as roads and water supply.
Booklet with 48 pages, with extensive text printed in brown, black and blue. There are also illustrations, photographs and advertisements, throughout the booklet.
Acquisition Information:
Transfer from Powerhouse Museum, 1993
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.2 cm (Width), 18.5 cm (Length)

More information

Tagged with: immigration, agriculture, agricultural shows, royal melbourne show, settlement, irrigation, closer settlement schemes
Themes this item is part of: Migration Collection, Sustainable Futures Collection, Getting In, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2003-2015
Primary Classification: AGRICULTURE & RURAL LIFE
Secondary Classification: Settlement Schemes
Tertiary Classification: promotional materials
Inscriptions: extensive text
Publisher: Victoria: Crown Lands & Survey Department, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1912
Date of Event: Victoria, Australia, 1912

Produced as a souvenir of the 1911 Victorian, Royal Agricultural Show.

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