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Some Genuine Settlement

rl A travelling correspondent of the " New Zealand Times," m the course of an interesting letter upon the West Coast townships between Wanganui and New Plymouth thus refers to »«Stratford•:■—"Pour miles from Ngaire we come to Stratford. Unlike Hawera, where the bulk of the land is held ' by a few capitalists, who employ £ boy or two, to occasionally ride

round the runs to give an eye to the cattle and sheep, the land for a large radius around Stratford is all cut up into small farms, arid m very few instances does an occupier hold over 300 acres, the majority having from 50 to 200 acres. The result of this is that there is already a very large population m the district, and anyone riding up the back roads would be surprised at the large number of farmhouses to be seen where one would scarcely expect to find any occupation at all. When Mr Newton King first started his auction sales of cattle m Stratford | some years back, there would frequently be only two or three old cows offered for sale, and if the auctioneer succeeded m making a commission of 3s to 4s, he considered it a good day's work; but now,although there are two auctioneers m the place, it is not an unusual thing to see from 800 to 1000 head yarded, and for all of them to be sold, with scarcely an exception. This speaks volumes for the progress the district has already made."

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Some Genuine Settlement, Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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Some Genuine Settlement Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2455, 1 July 1890

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