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Notice to sheepowners and others
Bib ID 7791297
Format BookBook [text, sheet]
Description Melbourne : By Authority: John Ferres, Government Printer, 1872 
1 broadside : black & white ; 35 x 21 cm 
Summary

A letterpress printed handbill relating to the responsibilities of sheepowners under the provisions of the Scab Act, which attempted to control a highly contagious disease of sheep caused by the highly parasitic scab mite Psoroptes ovis. The disease was introduced to Australia with the First Fleet in 1788, and was widespread in Victoria in the early gold rush period when the first relevant legislation was passed in 1852. After previously being eliminated from New South Wales, Queensland and South Australia in 1866, the disease was eradicated from Victoria in 1876 (Tasmania followed in 1881 and Western Australia in 1896). (See A.J. Turner, ‘Impediments to the eradication of Sheep Scab (Psoroptes ovis) from the Colony of Victoria 1850 to 1862,’ Australian Veterinary History Record, no. 69, November 2014, pages 13-28, https://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/bitstream/2123/13291/1/AVHR%2069.pdf)

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Text continues: “Sheepowners and others are hereby informed that it has been determined by the Government rigorously to enforce the provisions of the Scab Act, and the Regulations thereunder, more especially those which relate to Clean and Quarantine Districts, as well as to the travelling of sheep generally. It is further pointed out that it is the imperative duty of Sheepowners to make themselves acquainted with the provisions of the Scab Act, and that ignorance of such provisions cannot in any case be recognised as a plea for the remission or reduction of fines. William M.K. Vale, Commissioner of Trade and Customs, Department of Trade and Customs. Melbourne, 10th January 1872.”

Subjects Sheep -- Victoria -- Posters.  |  Sheep -- Diseases -- Prevention -- Posters.  |  Quarantine, Veterinary -- Victoria -- Posters.  |  Broadsides -- Victoria.  |  Australian
Other authors/contributors Victoria. Department of Trade and Customs
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Notice to sheep owners and others

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