Pastoralists were also known as squatters. They held pastoral runs illegally or under license.
Governor Darling of the Colony of New South Wales created what is known as the 'limits of location', creating two areas within the colony by a Government Order on 5 September 1826. Settlers were only allowed to take up land within the ‘limits’. A further Government Order on 14 October 1829 increased this area of approved settlement to include an area called the Nineteen Counties; this included Sydney and the settled area surrounding it.
Governor Bourke of the Colony of New South Wales sought to legalise and regulate squatting through legislation in 1836. The regulations consequent to the 1836 Act included issuing licences to settlers to depasture their stock on the vacant Crown lands beyond the limits of location, on application to the Colonial Secretary.
See Pastoral Runs.
TROVE - PASTORAL PIONEERS OF PORT PHILLIP 1835-1851 BY BILLIS AND KENYON
This has been digitized.
See Pastoral Directories.
STATE LIBRARY OF VICTORIA - FINDING YOUR ANCESTORS' OCCUPATIONS: AGRICULTURE
This lists resources held by the state library relating to people working in agriculture. This include digitized publications relating to the National Agricultural Society/ the Royal Agricultural Society and the Horicultural Society of Victoria.