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Important Exploration. — A discovery has been made during the past three weeks which adds wonderfully to our knowledge of the geography of the Province of Canterbury, and throws a good deal of light upon the hitherto imperfectly known formation of this middlt island of New Zealand. As u«ual in these cases the wouder is, not that circumstances are found to be as they are, but that they have not been known to be «o long before now. The result of an txpedition under Mr. Dobson the Provincial engineer shows th«t the saddle betwean the Hurunui and the stream running westward, no doubt the Brunner, is only a little more than thirty miles from the West Coast, and, though the highest point of the line traversed, is only about 1000 feet above the sea level, or the height of the bridle path hill above Lyttelton. The road from that point to Christchurch wants but .very little to be passable for drays, and there can be nj doub: the West Coast is equally accessible. A few miles down the Hurunui the valley has a branch to the north-west which is terminated by a low saddle, behind which i» evidently the river Grey, said by Brunner to pass through a valley (50 miles long and full of lakes. Mr. Dobson was not contented with discovering the country, but has laid out a road of easy execution to traverse it. The whole available land discovered was on Wednesday taken up as sheep runs at tha Land Office. When we cons'der the facts now determined that this island, instead of being longitudinally divided by a backbone range of snowy mountains, is traversibl* laterally by a road nowhere getting more tha/i IOOi- feet above high water mark ; that this line opens the West Coast to us and passes through a piece of County which, instead of being rock and snow, is a smiling and beautiful valley with almost every capability for ÜBe ; . that abundance of timber is thus afforded to the destitute plain of the Hurunui ; and that an extensive teritrory is here added to our Province, we hare surely said enough to show the importance of the discovery. It ir almost too exciting to be told that the protruding rock in the neighbourhood, described as abounding in quartz, indicates the more than probable presence of gold. What a splendid location for a township this valley would be, in the very centre of auriferous mountains ! Mr. Fitzgerald, the late Superintendent of Canterbury, was a passenger by the James Gibson, which sailed from Lyttelton for Sydney on the jJOth Sept.

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CANTERBURY., Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIV, Issue 1084, 17 November 1857

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CANTERBURY. Daily Southern Cross, Volume XIV, Issue 1084, 17 November 1857