Australian Handbook 1888

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Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (1000 pages)
Year: (1888) 2011
ISBN: 9781921957093
Publisher: Archive Digital Books Australasia

Covering New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, West Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, New Zealand, New Guinea and Fiji Islands, the Australian Handbook and Almanac and Shippers and Importers Directory for 1888, the nineteenth year of issue, is a guide with all kinds of interesting and unique information.

Apart from a descriptive account and statistical information for New Zealand, New Guinea, Fiji and each of the Australian colonies and their towns, you will also find details on climate, education, religion, agriculture, population, societies and clubs, parliamentary and official departments, local self-government, telegraphic and postal details, police, banking, shipping, mining and land regulations, newspaper, manufacturers, emigration, as well as naval and military forces. You will also find details of the governors, consuls and ecclesiastical appointments of the time. This handbook gives a snapshot of the world of our ancestors in the late 1880s.


ANTILL PONDS (42° 10' S. lat., 147' 27' E. long.), named after Major Antill, of the 48th regiment, a post town and telegraph station in the county of Somerset, electoral and municipal district of Oatlands, 68 miles N. of Hobart, on the coach road to Launceston. It is a station on the Main Line Railway. Fares, 15s. 3d. and 10s. 3d. Hotel : Halfway House. Half-time school.

The Directory and Business Guide portion of the Handbook is a comprehensive listing of importers, exporters and shippers. For the importers and exporters it lists their name, address and what they trade (artists’ materials, cutlery, enamelled ware, looking-glasses, and more) - exporters from England, Scotland, France and Germany and importers throughout Australia, New Zealand and Fiji.

Features of this Handbook include:emigration information "likely to be of service to intending Emigrants"

  • land regulations for each state and New Zealand
  • mining regulations for each state and New Zealand
  • Australasian ministries
  • leading events in Australia from December 1886 to December 1887
  • obituaries of people who died between November 1886 and October 1887
  • hundreds of advertisements

The handbook includes many maps – locations of shipwrecks; railway routes for each colony (including New Zealand and Fiji); street maps of central London, Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane; plus maps of various ports (including Alexandria, Aden, Gibraltar and Suez).

This product contains high quality scanned images of the original handbook. It has been bookmarked for easy navigation. Pages can be searched, browsed, enlarged and printed out if required.

Any computer using Adobe (Acrobat) Reader 4 or later
Adobe Reader 6 or later is recommended for CDs with searchable text

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