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AND COLONIZATION.

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CHAPTER VII.

FOURTH CAUSE OF THE COMPARATIVE FAILURE OF THE TRANSPORTATION SYSTEM,—THE FACILITIES FOR ACQUIRING WEALTH AND INFLUENCE ENJOYED BY EMANCIPATED CONVICTS IN THE AUSTRALIAN COLONIES.

The extraordinary facilities for acquiring property, which emancipated convicts have hitherto enjoyed in New South Wales and Van Dieman's Land, may be regarded as a fourth cause of the comparative failure of the transportation system. The ticket of leave holder, or emancipist, generally commences his career as a colonial freeman in one or other of the three following ways: viz.

1. By retailing small wares in the Sydney market, or as a petty dealer in one or other of the