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Newtown and district
Earning a living
  Trades 1858: grocers to guano merchants  

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The surnames are first.

For local people at this time the grocer was the main source of food. Poorer families would grow their own vegetables and might rear a pig in their own back yard but for salt, tea and a hundred other important things the local grocer was vital.

extract from Slaters directory

Guano was one of the more unpleasant products to have to handle! On rocks and islands the droppings of sea birds would build up into thick layers over the years. This was collected and brought to land.
It came to Newtown along the canal and was sold as fertiliser and spread on fields and gardens.
Some people had rotten jobs !


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