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On the cultivation of flax upon Captain Dixon's Estate of Skelton Castle, on the River Isis, Tasmania

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Crawford, Robert (1852) On the cultivation of flax upon Captain Dixon's Estate of Skelton Castle, on the River Isis, Tasmania. Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania, 2 (1). pp. 59-72. ISSN 0080-4703

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Abstract

The cultivation of flax on the farm of Skelton Castle has
been prosecuted for the last five years, and in every season
good crops have been obtained.
The climate has been found eminently adapted to its
growth, and to the after-processes of steeping and grassing.
During the first four years it was tried on small portions of land; the breaking and scutching, then effected by hand labour,alone absorbing the value of the flax raised, and rendering its cultivation unprofitable. In 1849 a scutching machine was put up, which, together with other appliances to lessen the amount of manual labour and the benefit of increased experience, occasioned from that year a greater breadth of land to be sown.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 59-72
ISSN: 0080-4703
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.

Date Deposited: 20 May 2014 06:33
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:18
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