Elizabeth Barsham

Tasmania, Australia

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What have cows got to do with shipwrecks? Not much – unless they're on King Island, which is famous for 1. shipwrecks and 2. dairy produce.
Early surveys of King Island were unpromising. It was reported to be pretty barren and not much use for agriculture. Some years later melilot, or sweet clover (sometimes known as King Island clover) was found growing abundantly in the southern part of the island. Seed was collected, and it was used to establish pastures that became the basis of the dairy industry.
The seed originally came from straw used to stuff mattresses that had come ashore from the mysterious 1902 shipwreck.


#King Island, #cow, #calf, #green, #sleepers, #history, #surrealism

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