Melbourne, John Ferres, Government Printer, 1857.
Foolscap folio, vi, 37 pages.
Sewn as issued, all edges uncut; top edges a little dusty, with a couple lightly chipped; top corner of the front (title) leaf a little creased; an excellent copy.
Victorian Parliamentary Paper Number 27a of 1856-7. A very interesting report, comprising 1508 detailed questions and answers regarding the 'expediency of purchasing a portion of the Shipping Point at Port Albert', the 'nearest harbor to the townships of Alberton, Victoria, Tarraville, and the upper district of Gippsland' (236 kilometres south-east of Melbourne, and about 80 kilometres south-east of Morwell). It was also one of the earliest ports established in the colony. Witnesses included Angus McMillan: '906.... You are a resident stockholder in Gippsland? - Yes. 908. You were the first who took cattle into Gippsland? - Yes'. He went on to answer over 300 questions. John Orr had this to say, among much else: '701... Do you know Port Albert? - I do; I named it'. David Fermaner commenced his evidence thus: '1334.... In what year did you come here? - in May, 1841. 1335. And have you been pilot how many years? - I ... have conducted all the vessels into the harbor since that time'.