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Proposed Kaitangata Rail way.

Thaiibllowiug' is a complete copy of; the petitio^ referred to by us last as! how in course' : of: signature, aodwhichHsoi sufficient importance to conlmpnd itself to every settler in the locality:— . TO HIS HONOR THE SUPERINTENDENT ' " : .;'.;.■'. ■ OF OTAQO. ::■::: ' - The memorial of the undersigned settlers ia the^Molyneux, Kaitahffata, and Wangaloa districts humbly shewethy ■ That the Eaihin.^ata, Wangaloa, and part of the North Moly n cu x districts have louse been kno wn be rich in deposits of coal of an excellent quality; and that the discoveries d uring the past two yefuvs ha ve proved thelarg ; e area of; this coalfield, and ' moreihan confirmed the gqdd opinion ex-- " to the .character and .quality of its coal. . V;-' , - '■"■■ ;.-.■., :" v ■..■'-. That on' the western' slope of tha Kaitangata "'.range, which is. skirteil by the River :Cld tha, two. mines have been opened :■.'. out; tl\e produce of which is now familiar not only to" alflionselfolders "in the Molyneuk • district, :; but . to inosb householders and. ovrriars of tmb!ic ; works and steamers " in D.on^din, whilst, the article is also in demand as far in the interior-as Tuapeka. Tkat-in spite of the disadvantßge. of heavy cliavges,. the quality of this coal; has commanded a." sale for it and . cr^ateda demand.which is ever increasing, and'vwhich themines 6a the western/slopes of the hill have been unable to supply ; aiid.'that this "coal would: be. much;, more .largely consumed- for steam; purposes -in Danedin; and by •.c.oastal ■- steamers, ,-if the .out-turn and the cost: of carriage would admit, of .the- price,, being .reduced.: ;* "/••'■" ' Thattlie rail way system now so extensively,in .prpgress thi'bughout .the: cojbayv will -create; an increased demand, and : itself require; large, suppiiesj.fdr the carry ing on " the- traffic- generally. > . : : - : : Thai thi position of these districts- be T z tween Dunedin and Invercarpll, \;poihtsto ,the ..necessity of this; coalfield jieing; early connected with, the general railway system by which alone it would be prp-pei-ly developed ; and that the ; proyin cc .generally us not less interested in the ":' ■ establishment ot this connection for obtaining a supply of -/good coal, than is the locality itself for supplying the, demand. 7 That besides the mines on the western ; face; j)f the hill already alluded to, the j . eastern &pura and Jlie terrace runmng along the sea-coast or Wangaloa district, ' have shown-: their. wealtL iiu coal by outcrops at. many different points,' -some of • which show seams 15 to 20 feet in'thickV ness j bufibafc this, sea-board cannot con- . tribme its supply inland, because of .its 'j isolated position, and _)ec your memorialists believe. that from that locality & large bulk of the supply must/be drawn. -Wangaloa being' also a good agTicultural district would lavg-ely • con tribute tothe support of a raMway-^y its grain..;' ■"' That Be H«?ctor in his axiaiyMS of .jiud reports upon I'ae sample, of. surface coai from the /Wa^gaioa district says 'that v its .- Giiicula ted evanom(ive,; ; j3o\vev ao-rpes've^ : " Closely v-ibli riieTKafes^ata eo=iL" ■'■'■■ Iliat \viili6ut any engiaeeVing difficulty a : Uranea lino of -railway" pair be eohstriu;?ed from the- ndarest point of ttifi . Balclutlja line, 'pasc the well lenovvn .''ano .; valuable.:" coal und agri?ulturfti:distriot of Iv«itaDgtita -ontlie": wedtern side of the bilL to the coal jetiy at-the neck of ibe.sanikpir (vyhit;u is the lowest" and most: availaUe point, /'or shipment on the Matau i>rancu of the river).,^ and thence _.a}o;_rifr i 'the foot of the Wangaloa ierrace-to the Provincial .R? at Ropers Qfteisf; tiiati/the'tut;il lengih; ■of! .-."' this iine'Svoald . 'uot ■■ probably : Exceed-: ren. , . mi!e?j '.that /the lajter part avojii;} openup « v;>ry imuo^aiat distritiraud/va[(j.ibl«GOal- ; ■..■fitrhi, And' tlie vi.holß i>tafi6h vvould in i he i . opiiiion ' 01-' yo ur 'lhcm (m--- ! ist3 boec ma s h tm'ps.l- rlm'uueiytivc f^jdar tie ' Soiithe.rp ! ' Truaic-Railwiiy i^ likely to po^&ssi . ; --.. : YonV mernorinlists tiierftfore-;- humbly pray: tliat: "these i%cts will r-e-eiv.e-'.thovearijA > attsnpipii of ry>mP Honor's rGovernment, . tltafc: slews may lie ti^keu at^he cofning-ses-sioa pi- the Pi'oviucUii ««id if nec^s-: • sary oi\the Gensrai Assemhiy to obraio- the requisite vauihnrifcv-- for /the construc!iqn ; dat'iH^ ■ the. ePS"ifsff r<?ce?s of /.he b! # anc;li: line, to .Roper's Cree,k, as iudioaied, &ibh v vJßW'tiv'its beiu^j u-pened coiVemppraneduVly with the Boiiihara Trunk' Line- to Bal- ■■■. clutba; '„•-.' :..;;;/:.;■.. -'.•/;-.■- :.'/'- -v;-.; ;,•; ; / v :-" > : And' your/mem-orialists as in .dufey bound wiil ever -pra\%" ' : a ~ : .v ; : -: ;^ ; ;

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Proposed Kaitangata Rail way., Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 506, 27 June 1873

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Proposed Kaitangata Rail way. Bruce Herald, Volume VI, Issue 506, 27 June 1873