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AUSTRALIAN NEWS.

(Peii All a wax a at the Bluff.)

QueenslandLocal government will shortly be extended to the whole of the colony. A 400-ton iron dredge barge has been built for the Government—the largest yet built in the colony. The massacre of the Logan’s crew has been confirmed. The Beagle will punish the murderers.

It is reported that two bodies have been found on the Johnstone river. They appeared to have been dead only about a fortnight, and the flesh looked as if it had been washed by the blacks, who must have killed the men. Deceased are supposed to have been two diggers attempting to make their way from Timoora to Mulgrave. Kennedy Bros., timber getters, weie attacked by blacks at Tam o’ Shunter Point, while driving a mob of horses from Johnston’s river to Cardwell.

The unexpired leases of forfeited runs in unsettled districts in Queensland were sold at auction. The bidding was spirited. The upset price for all was iOs per square mile. Tasmania. The Ministry propose to meet Parliament on the 13th May, with measures proposing reduction in expenditure, revision of customs duties, direct taxation in a modified Conn. Government obtained supplies for the remainder of the current year.. South Australia The insects in the Rosefield Vineyards are pronounced to be comparatively harmless, and not the true phylloxera. Harvest prospects are brilliant, and the yield promises to be unusually large. A wider area is under cultivation than in any provions season. It is estimated the area will yield a surplus of nearly 400,000 tons for export. Mr R. H. Smythe comes out as the representative of Cook and Sons, tourist managers, London, who purpose organising extensive tourist expeditions to Australia and New Zealand during the Melbourne Exhibition.

H. E. Downer, Commissioner of Insolvency, was charged with indecently assaulting the wife of Joseph Rogers in a private room in the Adelaide Court of Insolvency. The wife went to beg of the Judge the release of Rogers, who was imprisoned for fradulont insolvency. The Commissioner directed his release. It is alleged that during this interview the Commissioner, twice kissed Mrs Rogers, and sought to make another appointment. The bench dismissed the case without calling evidence for the defence.

Victoria. Three men, promoters of the Totalisator Companies were arrested as keepers of common gaming houses. The National Bank has declared per cent dividend. The “ Victorian Review,” the best periodical yet issued in Australia has appeared. It resembles the “ Nineteenth Century.” Besides the best Austral! in writers, M. About, Emile Castelar, Mark Twain, Mr Sto Idart, &c, have agreed to contribute.

P. Matols, Christchurch, won the £IOOO prize in Bridges art union. Government alleges that it was impossible LV'PCulloch’s splendid imported stock could have died from water drunk on the quarantine ground. M‘Culloch lost about £IO,OOO worth of stock. The Ercildoun sheep sales yielded nearly £B,OOO in spite of the low prices realised. New South Wales.

Clere, an engineering firm, have inherited £70,000. Returned diggers from Mekoal, near Glenden, state that the important gold discovery reported, is a hoax. The B ink of New South Wales bonus amt dividend equals 171 per cent

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 20, 11 November 1879

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