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A Colonising Scheme.

The disposal of 250,000 acres of land at Mildura by the Victorian Government to the Messrs Chaffey Brothers, and the success of those gentlemen m establishing a thriving irrigation colony, has attracted attention m Great Britain. The following letter was received by the ActingMinister of Lands last week from Mr Alexander Sparrow, of Liverpool, which explains itself :—■ " Sir,—l understand that a few years ago the concession of a large tract of land was made by: the Government of Victoria, at or near a place called Mildura, to two foreigners, with ft view to fostering 1 the industry of fruit cultivation. I beg tj inquire what concessions would be made to an Englishman or a party of Englishmen possessed of capital, say £30,000 to £40,000 m consideration of their settling m the colony and fostering and developing fruit cultivation. I am of opinion; if a concession were made m a suitable and healthy district, with water rights and with railway facilities, thvb the emigration to Iberia and Los Angelos by young Englishmen could be diverted to Australia, provided the affair was m the* hands of Bnglishmenof known commercial standing and experience. Something should be done to foster the preservation of fruits by canning or jamming. Machinery for can making should be admitted duty free, and also tin plates duty free, or the new industry will not flourish. The new industry will have to compete with English-made jams and with American canned fruits. In England sugar is duty free, and m America a drawback of 90 per cent of duty on tin plates is allowed on all tin plates re-exported as cans for fruit, meat, fish, etc. Land is cheaper m America than m Australia, and railway facilities are greater. But the British sentiment is m favor of Australia. What Australia wants is not so iriuch vast squatting establishments as the development of soil and climate possibilities by special cultivation. This requires capital. What inducement will the Victorian Government offer capitalists to invest money and settle m the colony V

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A Colonising Scheme., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890

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A Colonising Scheme. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2496, 20 August 1890