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Scotch Thistle Ordinance 1862

Scotch Thistle Ordinance 1862

The Taranaki Provincial Council passed the Scotch Thistle Ordinance in an attempt to stop the weed’s spread. It stated that after receiving notification, land occupiers could be fined up to 30 shillings a day for each day they did not cut, remove and destroy thistles. Despite the severity of the penalties, the ordinance had little effect in controlling the weed.

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Reference: Taranaki Herald, 15 February 1862, p. 4

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Tony Nightingale, 'Government and agriculture - Pest control, new products and incentives, 1876–1892', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/18049/scotch-thistle-ordinance-1862 (accessed 11 August 2020)

Story by Tony Nightingale, published 24 Nov 2008