chapter  14
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The Squatter's Life

Take the case of an average squatter. Having some money and experience and having arranged for good stock - improved by the new Saxon merinos, if possible - the first thing to do was to obtain land; nobody thought of paying the Government 5/- or 12/ - or £1 while millions of acres in the interior were not occupied. The squatter merely went further than the man before him. There was plenty of grass and 'travelling was an honourable and recognized quantity in those Arcadian times'.1