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Bleasdale, Rev. J.J.
New Industries. No.1- The Olive, No.II- The Sweet Chestnut, No.III- Fig Trees & Figs.

Melbourne Published under the direction of the Royal Commission for Foreign Industries & forests, printed at 'The Age' office: 1871.

Three reports by the Rev. Bleasdale aimed at promoting Australian industry and agriculture. The Rev. Bleasdale (1822-1884) was a remarkable man. Born in England, he emigrated to Australia in 1850 and then left for San Francisco in 1877, where he was involved in establishing olive trees as a commercial crop. He was a Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Vice Chairman of the Royal Commission for Technology, Trustee of the National Gallery of Melbourne, and Director of the School of Mines at Ballarat he was also a staunch proponent of the daily moderate consumption of wine for health purposes. His stature as an advocate of the young Australian wine industry continues to this day, and a noted Australian winemaker named his winery the Bleasdale Winery in the Reverend's honor. Bleasdale authored several other reports and pamphlets on Australian wine, freezing meat, the gemstones of Victoria, and the suitability of the olive tree for cultivation in California.

Hardcover. 5.5"x9", 12 pages, bound in new cloth.

Inventory #: 34155
Price: $ 350.00      

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