From K.R.vonSteiglitz book " History of Tasmania."
I have this as part of my JAMES COX Word Document.
William Henty's book
"Improvements in Cottage Husbandry" was published by
Dowling in Launceston in 1843. It is full of good advice for small farmers
on how to gain an honest penny here and there, by growing medical plants,
tobacco, honey, fruits and even Ginseng for the Chinese, among other things.
Henty mentions the sensible way James Cox treated the so-called Bounty
Emigrants, who came to Tasmania in the early 40's of the last century
(1840's). He says Mr.Cox of Clarendon, about five years since, engaged with
some of these free emigrants, who came here under the Bounty System, to act
as shepherds. He provided each of them with a hut and rations, on a certain
number of acres, (I believe 20), which they were to receive in lieu of
wages. The men have thriven under this arrangement, and become attached to
the spot and petitioned to have an additional number of acres in lieu of
rations. This has been granted. Mr.Cox finds the sheep better attended to,
the expense of an overseer is saved, and he grows no grain himself. His
taking their grain at market price is a convenience to both parties." Four
of five of these little blocks, were situated on land which is part of
"Andora" and "Redbanks". The stones, bricks and chimney places of
now disappearing. Some of the names of these bounty settlers were, Thompson,
Tuck, Clark (who planted the Poplars on the river bank.), Hayes and Bryan.
Dry hot summers were probably the cause of the ultimate failure of these
little farms, for the only water supply, except tanks at the house, came by
water-cart. None of the farms existed within living memory. Sincerely Thelma