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Notice published by the British governor of Sydney in 1814 commenting on the issue of grain shortages
(Catalogue ref: CO 201/127)
GOVERNMENT AND GENERAL ORDERS.

Secretary's Office, Sydney, Saturday, 5th February, 1814.

The Governor has noticed, with great regret, the reluctance of most settlers in this colony [in Australia] to come forward with supplies of grain for His Majesty's Stores during this alarming time of food shortages. Instead of showing gratitude for the help they have had from the government, the settlers have taken advantage of the situation by holding on to their grain as long as possible, giving them an opportunity to sell their grain at an excessively high price.

Not coming forward with their grain in such a crisis is especially bad behaviour from people who owe the government for cattle given to them from the government herds and for articles given to them on credit from the King's stores. Such people can no longer expect any kindness. The governor will take them to court if they do not pay back their debts. Settlers who are wealthy, mainly because of the help they have received from the government in granting them lands, stock, supplies and labouring men, should have been the first to come forward to supply the government with any grain they could spare, at a reasonable price. However, the Governor has been disappointed by them. He considers it his duty to let the settlers of this colony know publicly that unless they come forward promptly to supply His Majesty's stores with grain at a reasonable price, and pay back their debts to the Crown, he will be forced to get wheat and other grain from foreign countries, where it can be bought at half the price now paid for it in this colony.
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