The Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser

5 March 1803

The late drought has been severely felt in all parts of the Colony, and has been attended with much loss to the gardener. In fact, vegetation was almost at a stand, and a great part of the feed, for want of rain, perished in the ground. The crop of potatoes has turned out very indifferently; and the maize, but for the late seasonable rain, would have been equally unpromising: We are happy to state however, that in all parts of the Colony, so manifest a change has taken place in the latter, as to assure the grower of an abundant crop.