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A .strong protest against the interpolation of party feeling into the question of defence was inado at the annual meeting of the Cliriatchurch branch of the Navy League last night by the president, Mr J. J. Dougall.

The first emissary ;to foreign parts despatched on behalf: of the State Immigration Department to gather in new.: settlers departed from Melbourne last week in the person of Mr Vandenbrenk, who is to; have charge of tlie immigration departments ,in tlie Netherlands. On arrival at Antwerp, Mr Vandenb.renky who : has armed Himself witH a;'formidable supply of Australian immigration pamphlets translated into Dutch, will open an office, and proceed to gather in the 50 settlers with farm experience and £300 cash each he has promised the State by September, 1915. These people are to take up land on an area ( of 2000 acres provided by. the Government on Stanhope Estate, in the irrigation areas, and Mr Vandenbrenk will be remunerated by the commission.he receives on the land sold, to them. A number of other immigration agents will be leaving shortly for Northern European counti'ies.

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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914

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Untitled Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914