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A meeting of the members of the above was held in the Upper Room, at the Town Hall, last evening. Mr F. Pavitt was voted to the chair, in the absence of the vice-president. The following gentlemen were duly proposed as new members :■ —Messrs J. Carter, A. Thiele, and W. Roberts. The secretary said that the principal business of the meeting was the consideration of opening up some fresh industry in Ashburton.

Mr Hodder said that he was not prepared to go into any figures on the matter which he intended to bring forward this evening, but he thought that some steps ought to be taken towards establishing a creamery, in order to export cheese and butter from this district. Mr Carter said that care should be taken before starting any cheese factory, and the result of the shipment made to England should be fully considered. It would be found that the cheese made at Homo was of a very superior kind to that made here. Consequently the quality would have to be very good to compete with that supplied to the Home markets. Mr Harrison suggested that other markets besides the English could bo tested.

Mr John Orr said that he had dealt in all kinds of colonial and other cheeses, and he knew some splendid quality cheese was made in Canterbury, and he was sure that if the farmers only studied the art of making the proper quality, a good market could easily be found. Mr Hodder agreed with Mr Orr, and suggested that the system of barter which the farmers here had always carried on, should be discontinued. The system he alluded to was detrimental to the proper carrying out of the systematic making of good quality butter and cheese. Mr Jacobs >n thought that some of the best cheeses were made on the Peninsula, and were quite equal to the best produced in the Old Country. He had been told by captains of ships that the cheese made at the head of the Bay was equal to any they could get to keep in England. Mr Poyntz said that another matter was the preservation of fruit, which would be found to be very beneficial to the district.

Mr Hodder said there was no shelter here, and consequently a very limited supply of fruit would be forthcoming for some time.

Mr Jacobson disagreed with Mr Hodder, and said that he could point out one of the best gardens in the country a short distance from Ashburton.

Mr Poyntz said that something ought to be done in starting a local industry without delay, as already Mr Ward, lately of Ashburton, had started a potato farina manufactory in Christchurch, instead of Ashburton. A conversation then ensued on several questions re formation of a company, for the purpose of helping anyone to start a manufactory for developing local industries.

Mr Harrison said that, in order to test the matter, he would move —“That a committee be formed to consider the advisiability of forming a joint stock company, having for its purpose the object of raising capital to assist individuals now establishing local industries, and that members be requested to furnish the committee with information as early as possible, so that the committee may bo able to report progress at the next meeting of the Association.”

Mr C. Braddell, in seconding the resolution, said that he thought the formation of a company would be a step in the right direction, as it would help matters considerably. Mr Young said this matter was exactly what he wanted last year, and if they were prepared to assist any individual, he was prepared to start a new industry to-mor-row, but the money must be at once forthcoming. Mr Ofr that if any feasible scheme was started by anyone, the company when formed would assist, but it could not be expected that any shareholder could agree to the company assisting without some thing satisfactory being guaranteed before doing so. He anticipated no difficulty in starting the company. Mr Hodder spoke in a similar strain. The Chairman then put the resolution to the meeting, which was carried unanimously. Mr Harrison proposed, and Mr Mayo seconded—“ That the following gentlemen act as a committee to carry out the foregoing resolution, viz.: —Messrs H. Friodlander, J. Orr, T. R. Hodder, SI. S. Revans, F. Pavitt, and the hon. sec.” — Carried.

After passing a vote of thanks to the chairman, the meeting adjourned.

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LOCAL INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 319, 14 April 1881

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LOCAL INDUSTRIES ASSOCIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 319, 14 April 1881

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