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Just before 9 a.m. on Friday morningthe residents of ltakaia were startled by a terrific crash coming from the station yard. : Investigation showed that an accident had occurred in connection with a special goods train just arrived .from ..Christenureh. Shunting operations were being carried oui with a view to putting on some 16 heavilyladen waggons containing wheat and oats consigned at s Timaru. The heavy goods train of some 40 wuggous was sent backing on to an occupied 6iding instead of on, to a clear line, as was expected by the driver. The train crashed into the string of 16 loaded waggons. The sacks of grain were strewn plentifully about, and five of them were very much torn and otherwise damaged. The driver and stoker were somewhat -bruised.

The win of Mr T. Blacldey, of Ilakaia, in the Lyttelton Harbour Board election was very popular in Ilakaia, and though his runner-up was in the end only one vote away, it must forever remain a proud recollection to Mr Blackley that he was a prophet with honour in his own country, tor-out of a total of 88 votes at the Ilakaia'booth no less that! 86 recorded a vote in his favour.

An interesting fact mentioned in connection with operations at the Ilakaia Cemetery is that during the year ending March 31, 1919, there were less interments than in the previous 12 months, notwithstanding that the last year was the epidemic year.

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RAKAIA., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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RAKAIA. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9601, 5 May 1919

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