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.”



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