The Esperance Downs Development Advisory Committee, appointed by the government was formed. Their main objective was to gain more Government support, vital for new land settlers. Their reports suggested that the land was potentially viable, as experimental crops had proven the fertility of the soil. Hopes were high. The progress in development was slow, with only a total of 36 farms settled and 20,000 acres developed.

The Population of Esperance was 1,087.




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