STATE COAL MINE.
The Victorian Minister for Mines, Mr. P. M'Bridej in conversation with a representative of the Telegraph," stated that the prospects:, of successful coal-mining by the State Government were, most promising. , Hitherto : most of: the Victorian collieries had been workedin inountainous.'districts-,-and it .was found; there were, flaws in the fprmation. ''The experimients that- have been made at Powlett River,*?; Mr, M'Bride remarked,^"lead to the conclusion -that on the flat country such as we purpose to wp'rk the formation is. more" regular,' and corisequently there will be less difficidty 'in obtaining the cpij. The seam varies, in thickness from 2 feet 6 inches to. 9 feet. 6 inches, • and the tests that have been "made indicate that the deposit, is very' extensive : indeed. 'Recehtlyahpre was'being put down for water supply, purposes, and at a depth of 40 feet it .went through a seam of coal 8 feet thick." A visit was paid ,byy the Minister to Cessnock, and an inspection made of .the Aberdare cpjjiery, Mr. M'Bride was: sho.wh oyer the top, workings, and afterwards went: underground, where the' coal-cutters in.particular engaged his attention. , These have not yet: been -introduced into" Victoria. He mentioned, that at the present time' Victoria uses 800,000 tons of coal anhually/and of this quantity 500,000 tons, are consumed by the railways and other State departments: .'- •■■'-
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