The Condition of Melbourne.
("North Otago Times.")
We have been permitted fco make the i following extract from a letter received by i an Oamaru residenfc.from a friend in MclI bourne. The gentleman who. writes is in a position to know what he; is ..writing about: "I regret to tell you business in I Melbourne is very quiet. To a stranger no doubt it would for a time appear busy, but all are suffering a recovery, as in I New Zealand, from reaction after the land boom. For whatever position is offering there are legions of applicants. Salaries of all kinds,are lower than in New Zea: .land.;! Expense of living is higher,, and "for discomfort and filth I have seen no c :i-y in ftp^rr?" 1! Melbourne. Through !•■. :!(■■.■ <'l" orii'iii."} 'sanitary precautions t! ■'■'?, 'li!V i >-i. .s- precarious, as is particularly evidenced by statistical returns of the small increase in the population during the past 20 years. ,No doubt there is a large number^ of individual rich residents, several drawing large incomes from New South Wales, Queensland, etc., but there is as well a great amount of poverty and misery'Svith want' in ■ the suburbs of the city—each suburb with a population equal to Dunedin or Christchurch. ■ I cannot give you a more cheerful account to be correct. They have been living on the English money (borrowed), and sooner or later they will have to face steady, work in the country as in New" Zealand, to produce to meet engagements,
camiot obtain employment, and talks of returning to New Zealand. Many have returned, and others would if they had the passage money."
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The Condition of Melbourne., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890
The Condition of Melbourne. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XII, Issue 2430, 2 June 1890
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