Tree planting, thinning and other silvicultural work was a major source of relief work for the unemployed during the early 1930s. However, the living conditions and food were spartan, and many of the men who had previously had desk jobs in towns found the work back-breaking and demoralising.
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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives,1933, C-3, p. 13
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