Life In the Transvaal.
The appended information is. supplied to the Christchurch "Telegraph." The letter is dated March 31,1990, and among other matters contains the following :—" Luxury is quite unknown here, and yet .£1 cannot buy as much as 5s in London, This country grows simply nothing for local consumption, and this place has grown in four years to 40,000 people. Things must have gone ahead like wildfire, but I am sorry to say little is doing now; in fact, building in. progress is stopped. Another boom or swindle will not come again., but things will no doubt improve. Just to use as comparison, these are the prices paid for materials : —Bricks, £6 a thousand; lime, 16s a bag; Baltic, Is a foot super; cement, £4 7s 6d"a barrel, 11s 6d at Durban, rest transport; seven-roomei house, £50 per month; carpenter, 255; masonj 27s 6d; plasterer, 27s 6d a day; flooring boards, 6ih by £in, 7d a foot; board and lodging, £10 to £20 a month. ' Clothing just now is a drug on the market, and only 50 to 100 per cent !.d'eare'r than in London, Heavy things are out of all proportion. Flour is at present £40 a ton; bag of potatoes. 3d to 4d a pound ; six or sevenroomed house, 9in brick walls, £1200 to £1500. Nothing less than the ticket 3d is ever used; never saw a copper here; whisky and soda, Is 6d, which I]don't patronise; bottled Bass ale, 45., I can't see how things will get better, for the output of gold is nothing, only £1,500,000 a year,, and I am told th'a*t many mines will shut down, as they are worked at a loss. All will soon shut dawn for want.of water as winter approaches, for we have no rain. This may seem curious, but we are in a tropical climate.
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Life In the Transvaal., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890
Life In the Transvaal. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2436, 9 June 1890
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