January 13, 2015

Hemp set to save the bush

Queensland Country Life
MOST of us learnt at school that the colony that became Australia was founded as a dumping ground for convicts after the American war of independence, to be a ready-made workforce cultivating and processing all sorts of raw materials for the Empire. 

But how many realise that the desire for hemp, the material that made up canvas sails and fuelled Britain's dominance of trade routes, was another prime motivator for the settlement of our nation. 

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