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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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posted on 2023-11-22, 11:24 authored by Robert Crawford
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.

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Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania

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2

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1

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59-72

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0080-4703

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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..

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