NORTHERN TRUNK RAILWAY,
Auckland, Last Night.
The ceremony of turning the first sod of the Nopth Island Trunk Railway at the Te Awamutu end of the line was performed yesterday afternoon, and witnessed by a large assemblage pf natives and Europeans. The preliminary operation took place on the sou'h braneh of the Punul river, three miles from Te Awamutu, and immediately within the boundary of what is known as the King Country. Around the spot selected for the ceremony Europeans and natives, to the number of 600, sat or stood in apparent anxious .expectancy. The importance of the event appeared to be fully realised by all. Precisely at 2 o’clock Mr Hales, District Engineer, stopped forward, as engineer having charge of local public works. He had much pleasure in calling on Wahanui, on behalf of the native people, to commence the work of construction of the railway by turning the first god. Wahanui divested himself of his coat, and cutting three sods, placed them in the same barrow which was used by Sir G Grey at Olandelanda epme time ago. Rewi called upon the Hon the Premier to wheel the sods away, and Mr Stout alsp, removing his coat, wheeled the sods to the end pf fhe plank and tipped them on to the sward. &oud cheer? greeted the conclusion of this part of the ceremony, the band p’aying “ God save the Queen,” and “ Cheer, boys, cheer.” Mr Stout delivered an admirable address, and so did Wahanui. At the can,elusion of his speech the cheers were renewed, and at the call of the Mayor of Auckland, three hearty cheers wore given for Wahanui and Rewi. The Premier was shown over the battlefield ,at Orakau by Rewi, who related to Mr Stout a number of the incidents connected with that memorable fight.
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NORTHERN TRUNK RAILWAY,, Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1516, 17 April 1885
NORTHERN TRUNK RAILWAY, Ashburton Guardian, Volume V, Issue 1516, 17 April 1885
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