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A meeting of tho Committee of the Dunedin Chamber of Commerce held yesterday afternoon was attended by Messrs J. M. Ritchie (president), A. S. Paterson, T. R. Fisher, W. Gow, J. M'Rae Gallaway, and J. T. Mackerras.

RAILWAY REFORM LEAGUE. This body, recently organised in Auckland, having asked the co-operation of the Chamber, it was resolved to reply stating that the Chamber did not see their way at present to identify themselves formally with the League, but would be glad to receive notice of any specific matters of reform which require to bo put before the Commissioners, with the view of considering whether the Chamber can assist therein.

THE VICTORIA CHANNEL. 'the following letter, with its accompanying extracts, was read from Captain Anderson, marine superintendent of the Shaw, Savill and Albion Company, Limited With a view to getting your Chamber to take under its consideration the shoaling of the Victoria channel, I beg leave to place before you some particulars in connection with the Nelson’s present visit to our port, this ship arrived here on Tuesday* the 2?th of last month, di awing 18ft Sin, On her arrival Captain Bannatyne was informed by[thu harbor-master that the ship could not be taken to Dunedin until she would be lightened. The dischargihg was therefore commenced here, the ship’s draught as she lightened being reported from time to time to the harbormaster.

On Saturday, the 31st ult., Captain Jlacfarlane informed the captain that as the ship was then lightened to 17ft 6in she could witti safety be taken up the harbor on the Monday. The amount of cargo discharged by this time was 377 tons, which cost the owners LB4 16s 6d for lighterage. It is well known that our port has been for some time one of the most expensive in the colony. It is very apparent therefore that if ships should be liable to this charge for lighterage, we would have the bad pre-eminence of being by far and away the most expensive port in tho colony. I beg to enclose some correspondence with the managers of this company on the subject.

(Extract from letter sent to London, March 21, 1881),) Dunedin Upper Harbor.—l regret to have to report that the channel from here to Dunedin is steadily shoaling up. Until farther advices it will be advisable for you to have before you that anything for this port drawing over 18ft may have to lighten before proceeding to Dunedin. You will probably, therefore, arrange for the consignees to take delivery at Port Chalmers of the cargo near the hatchways which may have to be discharged hero.

(Extract from London letter, dated May 18, 1889.) Dunedin Upper Harbor.—Wo regret to hear that the channel is shoaling up again, as wo fear it will be a difficult matter for us to revert to the old state of affairs and make tho shippers responsible for any lighterage incurred. We take it that the shoaling is owing to dredging operations being slackened, and we hope you will do all you can to get the Harbor Board to resume these so as to keep the ciiannel available for vessels of ordinary draft. It was decided to forward the correspondence to the Harbor Board with a respectfnl request that the matter receive early atten ■ tiou.

commission on insurance,

The New Zealand Loan and Mercantile Agency Company, Oamaru, wrote asking the opinion of the Chamber in the following c aße An agent holds grain in his stores for sale on account of clients, which he insures in full against fire. A total loss by fire occurs, and ho recovers accordingly from the insurance company. On settling the losses with his clients, what commission (if any) is he entitled to charge ? The Committee decided that they were not in a position to answer this.

congress of chambers,

The Canterbury Chamber of Commerce wrote stating that that Chamber would be represented at the contemplated congress of chambers to be held in Dunedin in January next. He was desired to suggest that advantage should be taken of the opportunity to hold a congress of New Zealand delegates solely in order that questions might be brought forward and fully discussed directly affecting the commercial interests of tho colony, and with that view he appended copy of resolution agreed to at a recent meeting of his Committee: — “That as there is in existence an association known as tho Associated Chambers of Commerce of New Zealand, this Chamber suggests that that body should be convened to meet in Dunedin about the same time as the other proposed Congress; and this Chamber further suggests that at such meeting the question should be discussed as to whether the proper time has not arrived for the colony to take into consideration the question of a resumption of assisted immigration.” The president was requested to reply stating that there could be no difficulty iu forming a congress of New Zealand Chambers during the proposed meeting of delegates next January, and that the suggestions of the Canterbury Chamber would be kept in view, and placed in the hands of the president of the Congress,


On the motion of Mr Paterson, it was resolved—“ That, in view of the possible establishment of a Canadian-Pacific mail service, it is desirable to obtain from the Sydney and Brisbane Chambers all available documents and information connected with the project, and also to open correspondence with the Chambers of Commerce of Victoria, Vancouver Island, and Montreal, asking for particulars of the exports and imports and a copy of the Canadian tariff, with any information they can give as to the prospects of trade between Canada and this colony, and as to the prospects of the service being established.


On the motion of Mr Gallaway, it was agreed that a committee consisting of the president, Messrs Paterson, Gow, and the mover should confer with the Official Assignee about tho proposed Bankruptcy Bill, and report to the Committee.


On the motion of Mr Paterson, it was resolved—“ That requests be forwarded to the Chambers at Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane for a copy of the tariff of freights in force from London to their various ports by steam and sailing vessels, or if no tariff exists a list of the current rates.”

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE., Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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CHAMBER OF COMMERCE. Issue 8022, 26 September 1889

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