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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41



11. The territory of Victoria, as has been already stated, occupies no more than the thirty-fourth part of the Australian Continent. Owing to various causes, however, such has been its attractiveness as compared with the other colonies of the group that 43 per cent. of the page 20 inhabitants of the whole continent have taken up their abode in this colony. The population at the last census, which was taken on the 2nd April, 1871, was 731,628. Between that period and the end of 1879 the inhabitants are estimated to have increased to 899,333, or by nearly 23 per cent. This large increase in less than nine years occurred after State-assisted immigration had virtually stopped, and irrespective of any special attractions offered by the discovery of new goldfields of importance, since none such were opened up during the period.