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OF THE COLONY.

"Flax and Hemp, if not indigenous as in New Zealand and Van Diemen's Land, can be introduced with a certainty of success, and will afford to females an opportunity of working in-doors at a time which can be spared from domestic arrangements. The flax of New Zealand is of admirable quality; and a small trade is already carried on in it by the colonists of New South Wales.

"Cotton would form another article of export. Specimens sent home are of the best quality; but a sufficiently extensive trial has not been made, to ascertain what would be the cost of production, if followed with spirit and perseverance. Almonds, Aniseed, Bees' Wax and Honey, Barilla, Cheese for India and China, Carraway, Cochineal, Coriander, Dried Fruits, such as figs, currants, raisins, and prunes; Hops, Vegetable Oils, Olives, Citrons, Oranges, &c. &c., may all be produced; to which may be added the very important article Silk."

    in tending the vines; when, for gathering the grapes and turning them into wine, much more labour would be required; and when the supply of labour is always, not only small, but uncertain."—England and America.

    As a most useful article for exportation to South Australia in the first instance, we should recommend books relating to the agriculture of Spain, Italy, Greece, and Turkey; a subject little understood by Englishmen, and respecting which it has not hitherto been worth the while of settlers in Australia to acquire much knowledge.