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He let newcomers work unlicensed for several days in the hope that they might
dig enough gold to buy their licence, and over two thousand came and went
without buying a licence. Hardy was too tolerant in the eyes of the government.
Its miners resented the licence fee because individually they got a smaller area of
ground than any other diggers received. They resented a tax which hit the
unlucky miner because by the nature of the gold deposits a high proportion of
incompetent. Touring the goldfields he was perturbed, even personally insulted,
by the common evasion of the licence. His colony was drifting into a commercial
crisis and the Crown's revenue from customs house and land sales was falling, ...
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