The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 41
Situation and Area.
Tasmania lies about 120 miles south of the continent of Australia, from which it is separated by Bass' Strait. From north to south the extent is about 170 miles, and from east to west about 160 miles. The total area, including islands belonging to the colony, is nearly 17,000,000 acres, of which over 4,000,000 are in private hands, while about 2,000,000 are rented from the Crown.
The climate is unsurpassed for its salubrity. The observations of 35 years at Hobart Town give the average annual rainfall as 24.09 inches; the mean temperature of the winter months, 46.44; and the mean summer temperature, 63.17. A remarkable feature of the climate is the low rate of mortality among children.