Reclaiming the Tailche Soir
Wooley Bay Contract
With the deepwater port well established, Queensport became the de facto shipping hub for the colonies of the Tailche Soir. It’s population grew by leaps and bounds, and soon spilled out into the surrounding countryside. Swaths of the Doubleteak Forest along the Dunning River had been cleared for lumber to build the docks and warehouses of the harbor. Company agents, who had already made their fortunes through trade or adventure, retired and settled here to establish plantations in the fertile river valley.
The Company, however, had no legal rights to farm the land — the original charter only granted trading rights. In an astounding feat of legal slight of hand, Company barrister Oliu Alred Brusaw petitioned the Queen and convinced her to add an amendment to the Company charter granting land and mineral rights within the Wooley Bay basin. Thus, the Wooley Bay Contract was signed and ratified, thereby legalizing the squatters who had already settled along the Dunning River.