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Tasmanian timbers - their commercial uses and preparation for market

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Green, AO (1894) Tasmanian timbers - their commercial uses and preparation for market. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. x-xii.

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Abstract

Mr. A. Osborn Green read a practical paper on this subject.
He stated that last year Tasmania's timber exports were valued at
£18,000, the imports at £9,000, and the excess of exports over imports
for the past five years was ±66,000. Norway, a poor and sparsely
inhabited country, with no trees that would cut 12in. planks, exported
every year timber valued at several millions sterling. Tasmania was
covered with trees, some of which would singly furnish sufficient timber
to build a ship ; trees furnishing timber for every industrial purpose,
comparing favourably with any for keeping in truth, durability, hardness
or softness, heaviness or lightness, beauty of marking, and
fragrance. Notwithstanding this Tasmanian timber exports were
nominal, the woods not being merely unknown in the world's markets,
but the majority were only known as curiosities in the city of Hobart
itself. A buyer would have difficulty in placing an order for them.
Out of the 10 eucalypti of the island 6 were not obtainable in plank.
But it was gratifying that our timber imports were yearly falling off,
and it should be the endeavour of every one with the interests of
Tasmania at heart to bring her valuable timbers into more general use
locally, and by the diffusion of more exact knowledge to bring about
such an export trade as would for ever assure the colony a large and
certain revenue. He submitted a complete list of Tasmanian timber
trees. These would supply timber for every industrial purpose for
which timber was used.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: x-xii
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

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