By His Excellency William
Bligh, Esquire, Captain Ge-
neral and Governor in Chief in
and over His Majesty's Terri- tory of New South Wales and its Dependencies, &c. &c. &c.
Whereas in the time of Hay or Corn
Harvest the Justices have Authori- ty (by Act of 5th Eliz. chap. 4.) to cause all persons meet to labour to serve in get- ting in the Harvest ; and that none of the said persons shall refuse to do fo, on pain to suffer imprisonment ; viz. to be set in the stocks for the space of two days and one night ; and for a second, or continued refusal, to be sentenced to hard labour for
And if any person shall, after this Pro- clamation, published directly or indirectly, give any more or greater Wages, or other Commodity, than shall be so ap- pointed in this Proclamation, he, she, or they shall, on conviction before any Jus- tice, be imprisoned for the space of ten days without bail or main prize, and shall also forfeit the sum of Five Pounds, half to the King, and half to him who
shall sue for the same.
The Governor, therefore, with the Justices, having taken into consideration the evil tendency of the Workmen now demanding, and the Settlers paying much larger sums for labour than they can af- ford, or by Law is allowed, Do make this Proclamation, that the Price of La- bour shall be, during the months of No- vember and December, as to Reaping, and at all times for Threshing, &c. as follows : The Labourer to find his own
meat and drink, or the Master to charge two shillings and six pence per day for
For Reaping, ten Shillings sterling per
acre, or One Bushel of Wheat - at the option of the Labourer.
For Labour in Stacking and Carrying of
Grain, and Securing the Stacks, for every day from 5 o'clock in the morning until 7 o'clock at night, allowing three hours each day for eating and rest, the Sum of five Shillings sterling, or Half a Bushel of Wheat - at the option of the La-
For Breaking up Stubble Ground 15s. ster-
ling per Acre.
Holing and Planting Corn, 8s. per ditto Hilling Corn, 7s. 6d. per ditto do,
Pulling and Husking Corn, 6d. per bushel.
And I do by this Public Proclamation declare, that if any Labourer shall, after the date hereof, on any pretence whatever demand or lake more, or refuse to work at and for the Prices above set forth ; and being thereof convicled on oath of one or more Witnesses before one or more Jus-
tices, shall for the first offence be set in the Stocks for the space of two days and one night ; and for a second offence be
sentenced to hard labour for Three Months.
And if any person or persons shall on any pretence pay for labour to any other per- son or persons at or for a greater rate or price than above specified, such offender being thereof convicted as aforesaid, shall be imprisoned without bail or main prize for the space of ten days ; and also pay a Fine of five Pounds Sterling, and be kept
in prison until the said sum be paid, pur- suant to the Statute.
Given at Government House, Hawkesbury, this 4th day of December, 1806.
GOD SAVE THE KING !
By Command of His Exellency,
EDMUND GRIFFIN, Secretary.