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Mount Somers. —Moat of the sheep stations in this district intend mustering their dry flocks during the ensuing week, with the intention of washing them preparatory to commencing shearing. As soon as this is commenced there will he employment for a considerable number of hands for some time, in fact, once started work ought not to be slack till after harvest again. The Road Board also contemplates letting a lot of contracts shortly, which should find work for a number of the unemployed. New Schools in the County. —As an instance of the progress of the County, notwithstanding the hard times, we may mention the following new schools lately established and to be established :—Newlands, near Dromore railway station. This school will make five in this district, viz., Ashburton, Wakanui, Seafield, Chertsey, and Newlands. In the tougbeach, district a now district named Flemingtdil has been constituted. The district is in the contre of the great Toi swamp, and is a necessity for the numerous population now located in that portion of the district. Another one is about to be established tit’the Hinds, where a large number of children are congregating. The following are the schools at present established in the Longbedich district: Tinwald, Ashton, Waterton,. and Willowby, and the two new ones already mentioned will make six in this district alone. Wellington Race Meeting. —ln the programme just issued the following are the principal events:—The principal events are the Wellington Cup, 400 sovs.; Racing Club Handicap, 200 sovs.; Empire Plate, 100 sovs.; and Hurdle Handicap of 75 ovs. Nominations to be made before 8 p.m. on Nov. 6.

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Page 5 Advertisements Column 2 Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 4, 4 October 1879

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