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Per Tararua, at Auckland. NEW SOUTH WALES. Sydney, Dec. 18. The Last Sj'dney election excited great interest, being the first in which the abolition of denominational schools; as proposed in.-.theljßil.l before Parliament, was made’a test-.'point by the "candidates. Mr. Ren wick was supported by the nonsectarian, temperance, and dissenting parties, and duly elected, .beating Mr. Tooth, who was supported by the Roman Catholic and Anglican ppbJic, and in some .measure by the mercaritile'interest. Donqr gx Congregationalist minister), and alveen were - also '• candidates. .Archbishop Vaughan recommended .Tooth’s candidature. : _•••--

. question in .^he-Assembly elicited the fact that 18 sisters ofthe Roman Catholic ‘religion were employed as' teachers under the Council of Education, with aggregate salaries amounting to Ll6lß. The Premier yesterday introduced a Bill declaring that the lands set apart in '.he early days for church and school pur„,3U:)—the income f--*r which is at present nostly among Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, and Wesleyan churches—shall henceforth be Crown lands, and dedicated to_public institutions. These lands are and valuable. - Wentworth’s grey stud has been -auctioned. Goldsborough’s brother fetched 1500 guineas, the Hon. Jas. White being the' purchaser. Chrysolite was bought by Mr. Biles for 1030 guineas, Rapid Bay SDO guineas, Fenlong 760. The bidding was not spirited. The inhabitants of Beetrunga have hade a ver ■ handsome presentation to Constable Wyles, who was one of the nine shat distinguished themselves in captur-'.ng-the Want abadgery bushrangers. The -presentation, consists of a heavy gold ruyh, to which is- attached a medal the size of a florin. VICTORIA. Melbourne, Dee. 17. Government have assented to the Customs and Stamp duties. A deputation of the City Council has asked Government to give a site in Flinders street for a grain imrket. Government promised it consideration. A supply Bill of a quarter million sterling passed through all its stages in Assembly. The House adjourned to-day til! 20th January, then to be prorogued till Ist February, and disolved next day, thl general election in a fortnight after. QUEENSLAND. Brisbane, Dec. 17.

John Whelan lias been committed for trial for the wilful • murder of his wife at Oopperfield. SOUTH AUSTRALIA. Adelaide, Dec. 18.

The competition for the Government bonus of L4OD, for the best machine that can reap and clean wheat fit for bagging, took place to-day on Rigg’s farm, one mile on the Adelaide side of Gawler. The reaper was to be good, and well adapted for the work. Two thousand or three thousand people, representing the Ministry, Legislature, merchants, and farmers were present. There were 27 entries, but only 18 machines were on the ground, and of these about a dozen were only at work. The fault with many machines was that they broke the grain and left too much wheat in the chaff. Several of them were too cumbrous and expensive. The implement . which appeared , to do the work best, was made by Forsyth and Daniel, of Laura, but it is whether it will sufficiently meet the conditions, so as to be entitled to the boo 'a. A.i" her trial will bo made before the deoiaion .a gi.ce;>. The machines at wop.k included V ■<s 'd a and. Yankee. D. Bowonaan took the prize for wheat harvesters, and S. W, Tott, of Adelaide,' for their stripping machines, and Miller Bros. :for mowing machines.

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879

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AUSTRALIAN NEWS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume I, Issue 39, 25 December 1879