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A meeting of the Mount Somers Railway Extension Committee was held, in the Library room, Mount Somers, on Thursday evening, to make arrangements for the reception of the Minister of Public Works on Saturday. Present—Messrs A. E. Peache (in the chair), J. Hood, A. MacParlane, A. Harvey, B. Ede, J. Price, W. H. Puddicombe, I. E. Taylor, and others. The chairman stated that he had received letters from the Ashburton Borough and County Councils, accepting the invitation of the Committee to accompany the Minister of Public Works upon his visit to the district on Saturday next; also a copy of the resolution passed by the County Council appointing a committee of the Council to report on the best route in connection with the proposed extension of the present railway line. There was also enclosed a copy of a resolution passed at the last meeting of the County Council, recommending that the line be extended to Bowyer’s stream by way of the present traffic Bridge, this being the line of route the Extension Committee considered would best serve the interests of the district generally, and tend more to the developement of the resources of Alford Forest and Mount Somers than an extension of the line on the south bank of the river. The chairman also stated that he had received a letter from the County Council, stating that the Hon. W. Johnston would be in Ashburton on Saturday, and would proceed thence to Mount Somers.

After some discussion it was proposed by Mr W. Harvey, seconded by Mr I. E. Taylor, and carried —“ That the chairman and Messrs A. McFarlano and W, H. Puddicombe be a committee to draft an address of welcome to the Hon. Minister of Public Works on the occasion of his visit to the district.

Messrs A. E. Peache, I. E. Taylor, J. Hood, A. McFarlano, B. Ede, W. H. Puddicombe, and S. McClimont volunteered to provide conveyances to bring the Hon W. John-ton and other visitors from Ashburton over to the township on the arrival of the train at the railway terminus, and it was resolved that those gentlemen who had so kindly offered to provide conveyan es be requested to meet at Mount Somers at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday, prior to proceeding to the railway terminus. A vote of thanks to the chair terminated the proceedings.

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MOUNT SOMERS RAILWAY., Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882

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MOUNT SOMERS RAILWAY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume IV, Issue 813, 8 December 1882

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