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TRANSPORTATION

CHAPTER XIV.

A THIRD MODE OF EMPLOYING CONVICTS AT GOVERNMENT LABOUR ON THE AUSTRALIAN CONTINENT.

Following up the judicious suggestions of Earl Bathurst, and the recommendations of Mr. Commissioner Bigge, in as far at least as the principle involved in these suggestions and recommendations is concerned, I would earnestly recommend the formation of a distinct penal colony on the north coast of New Holland, as well for the immediate employment of such convicts as it might be expedient to remove from the districts, whether already settled or to be settled, within the present colonial territory; as for the eventual establishment of a free settlement of a somewhat different character from those recommended for the district of Moreton Bay. The particular object of such a settle-