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Australian agricultural and rural life

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The survival of  the early colony depended on successful agriculture. This section tells a range of stories about Australia’s rural and regional development. Using early pastoral families' manuscripts to published agricultural journals and farming magazines, from early land grant maps to water conservation reports, from photographic documentation of country life to printed accounts of agricultural shows and regional events. 

Australian agricultural and rural life

Anderson Bros. Newstead. Glen Innes N.S.W.
c.1860s
Anderson, P
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a1528203
H.E.I.Cos Depot. Bungarrabbee [i.e. Bungarribee] N.S.W.
ca. 1847-1852
T. Rider
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a3061002
Horse powered wheat thresher on "Woodville" - Junee, NSW
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bcp_01243
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Haystack building at Lorenzo Marantelli's farm - Finley, NSW
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bcp_06010
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[David Hazlewood? putting explosives in base of stump during clearing of his Devon farm, Epping]
ca. 1911-1916
Hazlewood, Rex
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a1528310
Sheep show at the Showground
1930s?
Hood, Sam
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hood_06742
Milking the cow at the family farm "Willow Bank", Eugowra - "Willow Bank", Eugowra, NSW
c.1930
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bcp_00414
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Les Pampling, sleeper splitter, Hastings District wedges sleepers from the log and trims with great skill with broadaxe
1949
Bechervaise, J.
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a377002
Butter packing, showing butter extruded in [butter box size] cubes
1949
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a394001
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Elizabeth Macarthur
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a2409001
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William Cox
1830
Rodius, Charles
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a928934
The Story of grapefruit (citrus paradisi) : formerly known as "the Forbidden Fruit" or "the Fruit of the Garden of Eden" with special reference to its cultivation and marketing under Australian conditions.
1937
Melbourne : Victorian Central Citrus Association
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a3003001
Milk recipes
1930?
[Canberra : Canberra Dairy Society Ltd].
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a3031001
192 of the best recipes for rice : the food of the people.
1950?
Leeton, N.S.W. : Rice Marketing Board for the State of N.S.W., [1950?] (Sydney : H.G. Nall.)
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a3006001
Eggs from every angle : the Ovo recipe book.
1935?
[Ballarat, Vic. : J.S. Vickery & Son]
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a2132001

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This story has been developed with the support of the State Library of NSW Foundation.

We would like to acknowledge the generosity of the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.