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Gow commented that the ringbarking was shunned by most European bush labourers, who called it 'Chinamen's work'.
In 1881 a correspondent in the Sydney Morning Herald reported that ringbarking of trees upon pastoral leases had increased 'to an alarming extent' as there were 'perfect armies of Chinamen [sic] going about ringbarking every tree at the rate of 9d per acre'.
The price for clearing scrub and ringbarking the old pines ranged from 1s.
The ringbarking frontier had obviously spread well north of Cobar by the 1890s and by the turn of the century possibly into Queensland as well.
The spread of the ringbarking frontier had perhaps even more important implications, namely the dramatic changes wrought upon the rural landscape through the wholesale removal of forests.