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NAVAL AND MILITARY SETTLERS.

There appears to be at last a prospect of a final adjustment being made of the land claims of naval and military settlers and volunteers. These are exceedingly numerous, and many of them have been outstanding for as long as thirty years, dating from the days of the service of the Imperial troops m the Native wars. A large batch of claimants were provided for under an Act passed some three or four years ago, and there has been more than the Royal Commission appointed to investigate the matter, but notwithstanding all this there remain at least two thousand claims unsettled, and year after year Parliament is deluged with petitions' on the subject. It is now proposed by » Bill just introduced to give power to the Commissioners of CrownJJLands m the several land districts to inquire into claims forwarded to them, with power to take evidence on oath and to report to the Governor. The reports are to bo submitted to Parliament, which will be asked to pass an Act to provide for land grants to those persons found entitled thereto, The present Bill is to apply to (1) all officers, non-commissioned or warrantofficers, private soldiers, seamen, and marines formerly of her Majesty's naval and military forces engaged m suppressing the insurrection of the Natives m the northern part of tho former Province of Auckland, and being discharged from the said servioe have since then been resident within New Zealand, and claim under " The Naval and Military Settlers Act, 1856 " of the said province, and to (2) all such aforesaid persons who retired from Her Majesty's Naval and Military Service with a good character, for the purpose of settling m the North Island of New Zealand, and arrived there on or any time before tho thirty-first day of December, one thousand eight huudred and sixty-eight, and who settled m New j \ Zealand as aforesaid, and to (3) all persons enrolled m the Foreßt Bangers under the conditions prescribed m a memorandum of the Hon Thos. Russell, Minister for Colonial Defence, dated the sixth day of August, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, or of another memorandum of the same Minister, dated the ninth day of November, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three respectively, and to (4) all officers of volunteers or efficient volunteers, who wero enrolled m any volunteer corps within the colony on or priqr to the thirty-first day of October, or who inclusive of any period of service prior as aforesaid subsequently completed five years continuous service, and to (5) all persons enrolled under "The Colonial Defence Force Act," 1862, served within the provincial district of who Auckland under the late Colonel Nixon or Major Walmsley, and who had on or before the tenth day of October, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-rseven, completed the conditions of their enrolment under such Act before the said date, or having served under suoh Act partly before the said date completed such service after that date." Any of our readers who are entitled as above should note that Section 3 of the Bill provides as follows, vie., " Every person who tbinkß himself entitled to a grant of land m respect of services rendered m any of the clauses mentioned m the last preceding Section shall send m hie) cla^m m writing together with documents calculated to substantiate such claim to tho Commissioner of Crown Lands of the district wherein he may be residing or wherein he desires to obtain laud not later than tho thirty-first day of December m tho year 1890. No person is to be entitled to more than one remiseiop certificate under the Act, and no person 1b entitled to claim who has already received any land or certificate of remission under any other Act.

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NAVAL AND MILITARY SETTLERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2222, 10 September 1889

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