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One hundred sixty five The son echoed his father’s boosterism for Tasmania, enthusing over the island’s forests, wealthy fishing waters, and untapped mineral wealth. 166 He was once confident that Tasmania may turn into a “new Jerusalem” for the “Jewish homeless who search a land. ”167 His assurances have been quickly supported by means of a letter from the robust Tasmanian top-rated, Robert Cosgrove, who wrote that the “anticipated problems” of settling “migrants from Europe” in his nation should be surmounted, “so some distance as my govt is worried. ”168 Steinberg before everything puzzled the younger man’s causes. 169 however the studious younger Christian used his familiarity with the Hebrew Bible to induce Steinberg onward: “[L]ike the traditional prophets, it's your venture to guide your humans into the desert. ”170 With the Kimberley Plan at an deadlock, Steinberg reconsidered Critchley’s supply. Isaacson guaranteed Steinberg that Critchley’s father was once “almost pathetically nervous” for a Jewish payment in Tasmania to “come into being in his life-time [and] will depart no stone unturned to aid us. ”171 Steinberg chanced on himself vacationing the “old and ailing”172 writer within the prosperous district of South Yarra. His patrician domestic used to be coated with bookshelves filled with volumes on coal, minerals, metals, and fishing. 173 Over tea, F. C. Parker echoed his newspaper’s enthusiasm for Jewish colonization, confirming Isaacson’s preliminary document. He provided Steinberg his political contacts with the optimum, and warranted him that his son, “young Critchley,” might accompany him to Tasmania as a advisor and fixer. 174 quickly prime Cosgrove’s under-secretary, Edward Parkes, officially invited Critchley, Steinberg, and Isaacson to go to Tasmania. “[T]he govt would supply loose delivery amenities in the State,” he wrote, and “full details of an authoritative nature” will be made to be had to the delegation. a hundred seventy five Steinberg consented to the journey, a lot to Critchley’s pride. He guaranteed Steinberg that “in the west and south-west of Tasmania you will discover your ‘promised land’ for a very good a part of your humans. ”176 On Sunday, January 12, 1941, the 2 males trigger jointly through airplane to Hobart. 177 Critchley grew to become ailing through the flight, and after their arrival on terra firma, the ferry journey from the aerodrome to town made him even sicker. 178 Steinberg needed to name a physician who set Critchley on his ft via morning. 179 as soon as recovered, Critchley bustled from workplace to workplace in his black coat and stiff hat. a hundred and eighty His severe demeanour inspired Steinberg, who inspiration he resembled a “Jewish hermit. ”181 They spent the 1st few days assembly with executive experts, together with the surveyor-general, the secretary for agriculture, the conservator of forests, the director of mines, and the hydroelectric commissioner. 182 Isaacson arrived with photographer and agricultural scientist Bertie Pearl a couple of days later. 183 by means of then, Steinberg was once frightened to go away Hobart, a urban based by way of jailers, convicts, whalers, and whores. past the capital’s harbor lies Stormy Bay, whose sea-reach stretches unbroken to Antarctica greater than thousand miles away.