36[Low, James Galloway, Letters, 1904-91, Battye Library, MN681, ACC2612A, Letter from Jim to his sister Jane, 21 June 1912]

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I hear good reports of fruit growing and wheat in particular. I wish I knew more about it but since I am stuck up her I only hear rumours of what things are. I do know that the fruit grown down there is of its kind the best in the world. Coming farther north it is still agricultural. Carnarvon is a good district, sheep, cattle, and good country, rainfall a bit uncertain though, though if one can get in the water belt and put down an artesian bore it is a considerable help. North of that it is almost all cattle and sheep stations and from what I can here of it the small station owners have considerable difficulty getting rid of their cattle and sheep owing to a "ring" of the bigger owners and more especially the buyers. In Derby I have seen 200 good cattle offered at 1 a head.

Between Carnarvon and Onslow is the southern limit of the cyclone storms and let nobody come to the conclusion that I am talking through my hat when I say that I will have no hand in advising any of my friends to attempt to settle down within cooee of them. You can judge for yourself.

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