MELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION, 1880.
The following circular has been forwarded to us for the information of our farming readers :
NO. 13.—VEGETABLE PRODUCTS. Addressed to Agriculturists, Horticulturists, and] to all Others ENGAGED IN THE VARIOUS BRANCHES op Husbandry.
This department is under the direction and management of a Committee of Commissioners, who desire thus , .early to address themselves to all persons ' who dre interested in the natural productions of the soil througout the Australian Colonies and Polynesia, in the hope that by so doing they may ensure a thorough representation at the forthcoming International Exhibtion in 1880 of the fruits, grain, and every description of vegetable produce, either spontaneous or cultivated. The Committee think that the opportunity of a world’s show being held on Australian soil should specially draw together a display of vegetable products from the whole of the Australian Colonies, and from the islands of the South Seas, as will clearly set out the distinctive 1 characteristics of the soil and climate of i
each country represented. The Committee Would therefore urge upon all those persons interested not to defer commencing operations, but at once to prepare for a full exhibition of the varied products of the soil..
It is proposed to open the Exhibition some time in October 1880, thereby giving at least one full season beforehand for the preparation of any special crops, besides affording ample notice to persons willing to exhibit the products of the soil in a prepared or manufactured form.
The Commissioners herewith publish a list showing some of the many products which it is desirable to cultivate, and exhibit either in their natural state or in their several stages of preparation . and manufacture.
The Committee, in conclusion, desire to say that they will always be prepared to afford the fullest information in -their power, and any suggestions offered will meet with careful consideration.
1. Alimentary. —Cereals, farinaceous products, and products derived from them.—Wheat, rye, barley, maize, oats, millet, rice, and.other cereals; in grain and flour. Grain without husks, and groats. .Fecula from potatoes, rice; lent ala, arrowroot, cassiva, &c. Compound farinaceous products. Other alimentary preparations. 2. Texile Materials. —Flax, hemp (scutched and unscutched.) Raw cotton. Vegetable fibres of all kinds, indigenous and otherwise.
3. Fodder. —Lucerne, grasses, and substances specially intended for feeding cattle.
4. Tanning and Dyes.—Wattle bark, and its substances. Other tanning barks. Dye plants, sumach, safflower, fustic|~&o. 5. Oleaginous Plants. —Ahqonds, olives, line (linseed), hemp, sunflower, colza, castor plant; candle nut, &c. 6. Other Farming Products.—Canary seed. Seeds of grasses. Hops. Tobacco in leaf or manufactured. Mustard. Chicory. Vegetable roots—beet, carrots, turnips, &c. ' Vegetables for flavoring—onions, garlic, &c. Gourds, pumpkins, melons., ,
7. Products of the Forest.—Specimens of different kinds of .forest trees ; wood for cabiriet-work, for building, and for other purposes ; timber for ship-build-ing, staves, cleft timber, shingles, and palings; twisted timber for ornamental summer - houses, verandah seats, &c.; wickerwood; charcoal, from variety of woods; exhibits, also, for-showing-’the different systems of re-planting, managing, and cultivating forests. 8. Spontaneous and other Products obtained without Culture.—Truffles ; mushrooms ; wild fruit; lichens used as food, dyes, and fodder; gums, sponge, wax, &c.
9. Horticulture. —Fruits of the garden, orchard, and vineyard ; fruits of. the orange, lemon, lime, and citron, &c.; fruits, dried and preserved ; ornamental trees and shrubs.
10. Floriculture. Ferns, their management in the open air, and in ferneries, wardian cases, &c.; floral designs ; cut flowers, bpquets ; flowers in pots ; preserved flowers, leaves, and seaweed ; materials ; for floral designs,; \ boquetholders, : papers, &c.; models of fruit, vegetables, and flowers; wild flowers.
11. Medicinal ■ Plants . and . their Products.— Camomiles, henbane, foxglove, aloes ; poppies, for poppy-heads and opium ; lavender, peppermint, &c. 12. Miscellaneous.
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