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The following is copied from the Express (Blenheim): — By the last published table of the meteorology of Southland for the month of March last, we observe that the rainfall given there is 4"421 inches, which appears to be rather above the mean rainfall there during the last eight years. The rainfall in Nelson during the month of March was 4*75 inches, while at Blenheim it was only -92 inches. .' " The district around the picturesque village / of Tua Marina is gradually assuming a thrivj ing and settled aspect. Within the last six months several small farms have been laid out and cultivated. Clearing and fencing is now rapidly progressing on the various sections of land around, whilst the busy plough is fast preparing the rich soil which characterises this district for crops more suggestive of prosperity than flax and fern. The greater portion of the land set aside for a public cemetery is now cleared and ploughed aud will be at once laid down with English, grass. It is also intended to plant a large number of ornamental shrubs and trees in and aixmnd the ground in the most effective manner. These, we believe, will arrive from Nelson, with Mr. Wakefield, in the course of a few days. The Commissioner of Customs (Mr Stafford) having declared the Port of Wairau "to be a port at which persons acting as agent 3 in the entrance or clearance of ships, goods, or baggage, or auy business relating thereto, shall be required to be duly licensed for that purpose." Mr Henry Dodson and Mr George Henderson a**e duly licensed to act as Custom House agents at Blenheim. A meeting of members of the Blenheim Subdivision of the Marlborough JRangers was recsntly held to arrange for a match between six married and six single members, to take place on May 24th, beiug the Queon's birthday. The ranges to be 300, 400, 500 yards; the sides will be mixed and fire alternately; one trial shot will be allowed at each range. The apparatus for the telegraph at the Blenheim station, arrived on Thursday eveninv by the Taranaki, iv charge of Mr. Sheath, junior.

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MARLBOROUGH., Nelson Evening Mail, Volume I, Issue 60, 14 May 1866

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MARLBOROUGH. Nelson Evening Mail, Volume I, Issue 60, 14 May 1866