Volume 72: Macarthur family correspondence relating to wine, 1846-1900: No. 513
unknown, which shows the necessity for regular records or regulations of vineyards being made by their owners, at the respective nearest police station.
At the present time, no legislation is in force within the Colony, to prevent the spread of the Phylloxera: the act now in force, is about to expire, and thus might be renewed in a more complete form, authorizing the quarantining of any infected district, and otherwise empowering the government to check the danger of destruction now threatening all existing colonial vineyards.
From my special study and practical knowledge of the subject, derived from long and constant observations in diseased spots[?], and information obtained from eminent and learned men as well as from farmers on the Continent of Europe, up to 15 months ago, it will be a risk of loss of time and money besides of severe disappointment for this Colony, to trust to any system of destruction of infected vineyards within any radius: whilst it will prove far more satisfactory to teach the