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No.49

Governor of Queensland
to Secretary of State.
No. 92 of 8 Dec. 1860.
6. 14 Jan. 1861.
28. 8 June.

See Despatch No.28 of
8th June, 1861.

Government House,
Brisbane, Queensland,
3rd September, 1861.

My Lord Duke,

In continuation of my
previous despatches respecting Port
Denison
, I have the honor of transmitting
extracts of a letter which I have
lately received from Sir Charles
Nicholson
, giving some interesting
information collected during his
recent visit to that new settlement.

2. My Government continue
to receive favourable reports from
Mr. Dalrymple, the Commissioner of
Crown Lands for the District of Kennedy.
As I have previously stated, licenses
have already been granted for the
pastoral occupation chiefly by
immigrants from New South Wales and
Victoria, of a vast tract of country
in that district, which was thrown
open to settlement so recently as
in the month of March of the
current year. The first land sales
in the town of Bowen at Port
Denison
will take place during
the ensuing month of October.

3. Mr. Dalrymple has
reported the discovery of numerous
traces of gold in the neighbourhood
of Port Denison; and the geological
indications, which rarely mislead,
point in the same direction.

4. The extension of the
settlements in Queensland is practically
an extension of the British Empire
over

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His Grace
The Duke of Newcastle K.G.
&c. &c. &c.

over regions hitherto unexplored and
uninhabited, save by wandering tribes
of savages. I presume, therefore, that the
details of the rapid progress of those
settlements cannot fail to be interesting
to your Grace; and that this, like my
other despatches on the same subject,
will be communicated for public
information, to the Royal Geographical
Society.

I have &c.

Signed / G. F. Bowen.

Extract of a letter from Sir Charles Nicholson Bt.
dated 22nd August, 1861.

With fine weather and a good
steamer, the trip from Rockhampton to
Port Denison may be rendered both
short and agreeable. The coast line
for the whole distance is bold and
well marked and the hills with
which it is backed often present
bold and picturesque outlines. After
leaving the broad expanse of Keppel
Bay
, and the secure shelter and
anchorage it affords - the course of
a vessel is in an open seaway, in
which a few rocky and well marked
islets occur. These are sufficiently
prominent to prevent any impediment
to navigation by night. After reaching
the Percy islands, and from then
on to the entrance of Port Denison,
a succession of islands, seemingly
countless in number, and varying
in size from a single rocky projection,
to areas of some square miles
in extent, are scattered along
the

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