With the Compliments from the Premier of Western Australia. Memorandum in reference to the proposed Transcontinental Railway from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta. Sir Walter H. James.

With the Compliments from the Premier of Western Australia. Memorandum in reference to the proposed Transcontinental Railway from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta.

Perth: Wm. Alfred Watson, Government Printer, 1903. Pamphlet. Memorandum arguing for the construction of a railway line from Kalgoorlie to Port Augusta, "the first great Federal work which the Commonwealth is called upon to consider." (p12). Walter James (1863 – 1943) served as premier of Western Australia from 1902 - 1904, defended the state's interests against an aggressive Commonwealth executive, legalized the union movement, created the first workers' compensation fund and worked for a more robust Arbitration Act.

James goes on to state that "to leave one third of the Continent, with its rapidly increasing population and expanding trade, without adequate means of protection; without adequate means of inter-State transit, and without regard to the State's enormous resources, is a position intolerable ... " (p5).

Evidence in support of the new railway line includes the size of the population; the territory encompassed; annual revenues; savings banks deposits; imports of 7,000,000 pounds per annum; the eighteen declared gold fields; the branch of the Royal Mint; the payments of 8,000,000 pounds in dividends from gold mines; the agricultural and mineral production; the state's expenditures for railway construction, fencing & road making; the sinking fund for loans; and the healthy state of its loan indebtedness.

Small 8vo, 12 pp. Cream paper wrappers, title in black at front wrapper, black swan engraved illustration. A vertical fold line, rear wrapper a bit dusty. Trove 9461171. OCLC: 217855401. Very good condition. Item #21463

Price: $450.00

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