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Richard Jones

Main Beach Port Douglas 1935

In 1888 Mr Richard Jones, who had been a farmer for eight years on the Mossman, and was now a Produce Merchant in Port Douglas dealing principally in maize, with about 400 tons passing through his hands annually, felt that the climate was not particularly suitable for this crop. The average price per bushel was about 3s 6d with the average yield of about twenty-five bushels per acre.


He also dealt with around 8,000 bunches of bananas, 400-500 cases of mangoes, and smaller quantities of oranges, with the mangoes going chiefly to Brisbane, Sydney and various other southern towns.

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