New Zealand Probinces.
The election of a Superintendent of Canterbury took place on the 30th ultimo, when Mr. Moorhouse was re-elected without opposition. His Honour had previously attended public meetings at Lyttelton, Christcburch, and Kaiapoi, for the purpose of defending himself against charges made against him of improper conduct connected with the Lyttelton and Christchurch railway, and in the opinion of the great majority of those who attended these meetings, Mr. Moorhouse successfully vindicated his past conduct.
The elections for the Provincial Council were proceeding, and, as far as they had gone they disclose one singular feature, namely, that the gentlemen who were absent as representatives to the General Assembly, and who were candidates for the Provincial Legislature, all suffered defeat. Thus, Mr. C. Ward and Cookson were defeated* for Lyttelton, Mr. Cracroft Wilson for Chriatchurch, aud Mr. Creyke for the Avon district. Mr. Cookson, however, after his defeat at Lyttelton, was elected for Christchurch.
The Lyttelton Times contains an interesting account of a visit to the Otago gold-fields, by Mr. Hassel, a gentleman of Canterbury. Mr. Hassel's statements confirm the accounts we have heard of the success which has attended some of the diggers at Tuapeka, as also the high prices of provisions there, and the excessive suffering of the diggers from inclemency of weather. A small piece of gold, about a pennyweight, is stated to have been found a short distance from Ghristchurch, on the Waimakeriri, at a depth of seventy feet below the surface, by a person digging a well. Prospecting parties are said to be about to start in Canterbury, to search for gold in the sources of the Huranui, the boundary river between that province and Nelson." Two lives have recently been lost in the neighbourhood of Tiroaru. Mr. A. Purnell, a gentleman occupying a run in that district, had been out with a shepherd all day looking after sheep, and returning in the evening, when within three miles of his house, sank from fatigue and exhaustion. The shepherd, after having gone home and procured some refreshment, found Mr. Purnell on his return unable to stand, and after in rain attempting to carry him, again left him to procure *
horse. A horse was not to be found, and being overtaken by night, he could render his master no further assistance until the morning, when Mr. Purnell was found frozen to death. The other accident occurred to an old settler in the district named David Pollard, who was drowned in crossing the saltwater creek between Timaru and Waimatamata.
Meetings have been held at Lyttelton and Christchurch, convened by Messrs. Daldy, Williamson, and Rhodes, to give information and explanations relative to the proposed Bank of New Zealand. Both meetings were tolerably well attended by the commercial classes.
A ploughing match of the Port Victoria district, and another at Woodend, had been held. Both matches appear to have been well contested, nine ploughs having started for one, and eleven for the other.
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New Zealand Probinces., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XX, 14 September 1861
New Zealand Probinces. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XX, 14 September 1861
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