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  ― iii ―

Introductory

THIS little work is the practical outcome of many years of research and observation in the subject matter on the part of the Curator of the Technological Museum, Sydney. It has been prepared and is being published at the present time at the request of the Department of Public Instruction, which has recently assumed the direct control of Technical Education in this Colony. It is hoped that the information sought to be diffused will direct attention to, and will stir enterprise in, the cultivation of the more valuable wattles. The experiments in wattle culture in Victoria and South Australia have resulted in practical success, and in the latter Colony the industry is being carried on with increasing vigour as a profitable pursuit. There is no sound reason why similar good results should not be achieved in New South Wales, which has in many parts both soil and climate well adapted for this special culture. Success in this industry means a vast increase in productive wealth to the Colony, and in view of that fact I feel that the public should receive the full benefit of whatever information may be in the possession of this Department.

J. H. CARRUTHERS,

Minister for Public Instruction.

30 May, 1890.

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