May I suggest exporting opium?

……the article continues

E. F. wrote to the editor of the¬†Sydney Gazette on 3 September 1829, offering a list of ‘articles’ which he felt could assist in paying for the Colony’s imports. ¬†Among goods such as castor oil plant, sandalwood, linseed oil and olive oil, he suggested opium was a good candidate to join the flourishing exports of wool and sperm oil.

“Its growth in the Colony would be desirous, especially for our vessels proceeding to China where opium finds a very profitable market, especially in a contraband manner.”

of bells and ice-cream

It seems Mr Jepson’s complaints were heard……..

Sydney Morning Herald – 31 October 1952

Barrier Miner (Broken Hill) – 5 February 1953