HC Deb 30 June 1874 vol 220 c697

asked the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies, Whether any steps have been taken to introduce the "Eucalyptus Globulus" into the Gold Coast, the West Indies, and other unwholesome colonies, with a view to reduce or destroy the malaria?


Sir, the Colonial Office has been informed by Dr. Hooker that it is doubtful whether this tree, which is a native of the cooler parts of Australia, will thrive in West Africa or in any thoroughly tropical climate; and that its sanitary properties have been much exaggerated. It has been for years cultivated, I am sorry to say, without success, in Mauritius. Seeds have, however, been sent to Grenada and the Leeward Islands, as well as to Sierra Leone, and information upon the subject has been given to the Administrator of the Gold Coast.