Taminick opium, 1872

Wangaratta Chronicle - North East Regional Extra - - Regional Extra -

A FINE crop of opium pop­pies, grown quite le­git­i­mately at Taminick, went on dis­play in Wan­garatta on Fe­bru­ary 26, 1872.

Farm­ers were par­tic­u­larly anx­ious to di­ver­sify, and were will­ing to try any crop which had the po­ten­tial for profit.

At the time, opium was in con­sid­er­able de­mand for medic­i­nal pur­poses, but there was also a mar­ket among Mel­bourne’s grow­ing Chi­nese pop­u­la­tion.

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