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The Melbourne correspondent of a contemporary says : — Aa Irish peer, liord Uanfurly, has bought 2CO acres of the Mlldura land, and along with a partner is Batting to work vigorously to irrigate and plant. They have engaged an American fruitgrower to plant the trees, of which already large quantities, vinos and oranges prloo'ipaHr, are m. Lord Ranfarly thinks tbe Ohsffuy Brothers will make their Mi dura settlement a big sacotss. He la go Jog for a trip to America on purpose to get a look at theie irrigation colonies there, of which they have three, and he intends bringing back an assortment of the best kinds of fruit trees. It is necessary to say that he has formed his notions •boat Mildnra after itaylng on the groaod for some time. It may surprise youc readers to know that somewhat aharp frosts are experienced In the winter, but they do not last long, and the bright sun soon diapela them. The .settlement la taking on a busy a9ptot. It has its owu newspaper already, and plana have been accepted for an agricultural college. A large area hss been oletred ; there is a briokmaklng riant hard at work ; a large extent of channelling has been made ; and a considerable qu>ntity of planting done. AH who have teen to see the settlement entertain no doubt of its success. And as there are millions of acres m Victoria whloh may be similarly treated, to say notbin of New South Wales and the other oolonlea, it would aeem that MessrsChaffay Brothers are beginning what will ptove to be a very extensive system of cultivation.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1992, 9 November 1888

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THE IRRIGATION COLONY. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1992, 9 November 1888