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To-day's meeting was attended by Messrs Maitland (Chief Commissioner), Duncan, Clark, and Dallas. Mr R. B. Martin appeared on behalf of W. A. Matheson with reference to section 3, block 4, Silver Peak, containing 1,147 acres, which he stated was partly covered with bush, and too small to support him. Mr Martin asked that it may be grouped with section 2, block 5, occupied by W. Matheson, as it is the only outlet to the latter section. Application was also made to have section 1, block 5, transferred from G. Matheson, sen., to G. Matheson, jun.—Consideration deferred for a week. The District Land Officer recommended that S. Henry be allowed to purchase section .S3, block 6, Tuapeka East, the improvements on which were valued at over Lloo.—Section to be notified in two portions, as per plans—seven acres occupied by Mr Henry with LBO valuation; both sections capital value 255; Henry to be allowed to remove his fencing. The Board further adjourned for a week consideration of an application by Andrew M'Kenzie for section 2, block 14, Greenvale, on perpetual lease.

Warden Revell recommended to withdraw from Bale section 2, block 6, Waipori, as there were two parties working on it and James Patten had a special claim in the same locality.—Agreed to.

J. E. Matheson stated that he was unable to either exchange the deferred-payment licence of section 2, block 3, Strath Taieri, for a small grazing run lease, or pay up the arrears within a month, and requested the Board to accept surrender.—License declared forfeited for non-payment of instalments, the Board having no power to remit the payment of instalments; the ranger to value improvements. The Board approved of plans of roadlines on which the Waitaki Council proposed to expend their share of moneys accruing from Crown lands.

The Chief Surveyor intimated that the holder of section 28, block 1, Catlins, was willing to take the adjoining section as compensation for land taken for a road through his section.—The section was withdrawn from sale. Mr J. C. Arbuckle, on behalf of Charles Arnold, asked that the upset price of sections 27, 28, 29, and 30, block 6, Havelock, be reduced from L3O per acre.—Ranger Hughan was instructed to report as to the advisability of grouping these and other unsold back sections with the view of classifying them as suburban. The Receiver of Land Revenue forwarded a statement of arrears of rent to 30th June next owing by certain perpetual lessees of High School endowment lands.—Consideration postponed for a week. The Receiver of Land Revenue reported that W. Brown, lessee of perpetual-lease section 35, block 9, Strath Taieri, had paid the whole of the arrears of his rent to 30th June.—Minute of forfeiture rescinded.

George Coutts wrote suggesting the advisability of grouping the sections in blocks 5, 8, and 9, Danback, and offering them as a small grazing run, at a rental ot 3d per acre.—The Board had no power to offer any small grazing run at a less price than 6d per acre.

Thomas Kinross, James Leslie, and others forwarded a communication asking that 100 acres south-west of sections 11, 12, and 13, block 3, Kawarau, be Bet apart as a reserve for Gibbstown,—District Land Officer to report. William Turner's application for section 32, block 7, Glenomaru, on perpetual lease, was approved. Capitalisation was authorised in the cases of the following deferred-payment settlers: — William Kirk, section 23, town of Waikoikoi; Tom Partridge, section 30, block 1, town of Bastings. The Board approved of the applications of Alexander Campbell to complete the purchase of section 18, block 9, Waipahi, rural land, on deferred payment, and of Francis Nicol to complete the purchase of section 13, block 5, Tuapeka, on exchange deferred payment, Permission was granted to Benjamin Bray, lessee of small grazing run sectjon 11, block 6, Waikouaiti, and to Charles Reid, lessee of small grazing run section 38, block 4, Hummockside, to reside on their freehold properties. An application by Messrs Fraser and Stilling, on behalf of Madeline Robinson, of Berwick, for a perpetual lease of 2,000 acres of Traquair Hundred, east of Verterburn,

was forwarded to the Chief Surveyor for report. Mr R. B. Martin appeared for John Sutherland, who requested that a small strip of land lying to the south-east of sections 69 and 60, block 6, Tuapeka West, be sold at the upset of Is per acre, with survey fees added.—Declined.

The following persons were declared to be the successful tenderers for perpetual-lease sections:—Section 4, block 16, Blackstone, Patrick M'Atamney, 127 a Or 3Gp, at the upset, Is per acre; section 14, block 13, Maniototo, Jane Greer, 295 a 2r 12p, at the upset, Is per acre; section 3, block 14, Maniototo, Emelen Pearce, 290 a Or 16p. at Is l£d per acre; section 4, block 14, Maniototo, Emelen Pearce, 308 a 2r, at 2s per acre ; section 8, block 2, Poolburn, Patrick Scott, 320 acres, at the upset. Is per acre.

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LAND BOARD., Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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LAND BOARD. Issue 7913, 22 May 1889

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