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Series ID5647
Previous System LocationSRS5647
TitleBook of Returns of Agricultural Produce
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Start Date 1/9/1829
End Date 30/4/1837
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Record of crops grown and livestock kept at the Moreton Bay Penal Settlement

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2753Commandant's Office, Moreton Bay 1/9/1829 30/4/1837
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Queensland State Archives
Restriction DetailsAccess to this series is refused under s.18(3)(a) of the Public Records Act 2002 - Access to original is detrimental to its preservation. Where possible, a copy of the item will be provided.
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(1) J.B. Steele, Brisbane Town in Convict Days 1824 - 1842, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, p. 115
(2) Steele, p. 124
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This series consists of monthly, and quarterly (1 July 1832 - 31 March 1837), returns of agricultural produce for the Moreton Bay penal settlement. These returns provide details of the amount of produce in store, harvested and disposed of. (1) They were kept in compliance with regulation 26.7 of 1829. (2)

There is a general heading: "Monthly Return (or Quarterly Return) of the agricultural produce at the settlement of Moreton Bay", from the first to the last day of the month (or quarter), and year. Then each page is divided horizontally in two under the sub-headings "Particulars" and "Issued or Expended". Beside these sub-headings, the page is also divided into columns listing the type of produce (for example, maize, wheat, tobacco, wool, arrowroot), and the amount in bushels and pounds.

Under "Particulars", there are entries for remains for the previous month, and produce of crops at the agricultural establishments (Brisbane Town, Eagle Farm, Government Garden) with the amounts for each produce in the adjoining columns; under "Issued or Expended" there are entries such as "To the Commissariat from the Agricultural Establishments", "To government live stock", "For seed" with amounts in the adjoining columns. At the bottom of each page are "Totals", an entry "Remaining on charge of the Agricultural Establishments" for the end of the month, and to 30 September 1835, the signature of Commandant Clunie.

This volume contains six series of returns. The returns for agricultural produce begin at the front of the book.

This series comprises part of a collection which is inscribed on the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register (The Convict Records of Queensland 1825 - 1842).
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Queensland State Archives Series ID 5647, Book of Returns of Agricultural Produce
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Last updated 9 September 2016
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