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A deputation consisting of His Worship the Mayor (Mr Hugh Gourley) and Crs Hayries and Denniston waited upon Mr J. A. Millar, M.H.R., this morning with a view to obtaining his assistance towards the early prosecution of the new railway station. ItfrM. J. S. Mackenzie, M.H.R., was also invited to attend, but, having left by the train for the North, he was, of course, unable to be present. The Mayor 3tated that at the last meeting of the City Council a deputation waa appointed to wait upon the City members with a view of urging the. Government to take immediate stepß to commenoe the con» struction of a new railway station at Dunedin. Of courae, they all knew that there was need for more accommodation at the railway station. The public said ao, and the speaker felt sure that if Mr Millar took charge of the matter, backed up by the other City and suburban members, they would have a good station in Uunedin before long. He was aware that Mr Millar had done a good deal in the matter already. Cr Dexxlstos stated that the Chamber of Commerce had also moved in a similar direction, and had received a communication from the department stating that their letter wa3 under consideration. The speaker pointed out the risk that was run by the public in having to make use of the crossing night aud day. It was a wonder the people had stood it so long. Cr Haynes said it was a disgrace to the City to have such a miserable apology for a station. There was no doubt that the members, now that they were supported by the citizsns, would succeed in bringing sufficient pressure to bear on the powers that be to take the matter in hand at once.

Mr Millar said : I can assure you lam very pleased indeed to meet you here to-day, because the assistance yen will give in this matter will bo of immense benefit. As the mayor already said, I brought the question under the notice of the Minister of Railways and also the general manager, and pointed out the necessity for this station. It seems monstrous to me that a foundation which was laid fourteen years ago has had nosuperstructure built upon it up to the present time. A new station is necessary, and a much greater necessity than a gaol. If the money had been spent on a station instead of a gaol it would have been of much more benefit to the citizens. You can rest assured I will leave no stone unturned to have the work started immediately. I will get all the members to support it, and will be able to say that I have been approached by the City Council as well as the Lhamber of Commerce to press it on Cr Dexnistox : I am in a dual position. I can spaak for the Chamber of Commerce. Mr Millar : I trust before the next year is out we will have the* work started. The deputation thanked Mr Millar for his attendance, and the matter then ended.

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A NEW RAILWAY STATION., Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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A NEW RAILWAY STATION. Issue 10426, 22 September 1897

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