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[per reuter’s agency.] A Blaze. Brisbane, To-day. A serious fire, resulting in the destruction of three shops, occurred last night, in South Brisbane. The insurances include L6oo in New Zealand offices. Speculation. Melbourne, Yesterday. The following is the latest betting on the Champion Stakes, to be run on Monday, Jan. and ; —Wheatear, 5 to 2 ; Wellington, 3 to 1 ; Santa Claus, 7 to 1. The following horses are also probable starters;- —St Peter, Royal Maid, Coriolanus, Kohinoor, Commotion, Marmora, Martindale, Somerset, and Monmouth. Christchurch Exhibition. Mr Twopenny, one of the promoters,

will leave Melbourne by the Arawata, to arrange for the opening of the International Exhibition at Christchurch. March 15th has been fixed as the date for the ceremonial. Over 200 applications for space have already been received from England by intending exhibitors. Commodore Erskine has promised to take the Australian squadron to Lyttelton at an early date, and will assist at the opening ceremony. It is expected that the Exhibition will be very successful. Sworn In. Sydney, Yesterday. Sir John Robertson was sworn in today as Secretary for Lands vice Hon. James Hoskins. Shipping. Sailed this afternoon —Pacific Mail Company’s steamship Australia, for Auckland. Sir Henry Parkes and Miss Parkes are passengers for England by her.

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AUSTRALIAN., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 522, 30 December 1881

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AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 522, 30 December 1881

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