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Drought, fires and flood on the pastoral frontier: 1820 to 1855


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Evans, Kathryn 2010 , 'Drought, fires and flood on the pastoral frontier: 1820 to 1855' , Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings, vol. 57, no. 1 , pp. 28-39 .

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Drought, fires and flood were experienced by settlers in Van Diemen's Land from the very
beginnings of European settlement. The variability of the island's climate was foreign
to many British settlers and resulted in the need to adapt and innovate in establishing
both towns and farms. Even though four seasons approximating to the summer, winter,
autumn and spring of the northern hemisphere were discernible, the weather was often
highly variable from one year to the next. Periods characterised by oppressive heat,
drought and bushfires could quickly be replaced by flooding rains and punishing cold.
The uncertainty of rainfall, in particular, could make life extremely difficult. As settlement
spread across the island regional climatic variation also became apparent.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Evans, Kathryn
Journal or Publication Title: Tasmanian Historical Research Association Papers and Proceedings
ISSN: 0039-9809
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