Captain Bacchus and the squatters’ grab for power
Captain William Henry Bacchus was no cattle man. At the inaugural meeting of the Pastoral and Agricultural Society of Australia Felix in January 1840 the Captain called the toast and proceeded as follows: “Let them talk of their Devon Bulls as they please but I would rather at any time see a lovely female emigrant landed at Melbourne than a hundred of the finest Devon Bulls England could produce.”
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