The Marlborough Government Gazette, of the 30th October, contains the address delivered by Mr. Eyef, on proroguing the Provincial Council. It was as follows:— Gentlemen of the Provincial Council— From my present peculiar and anomalous position, I liavo been unable to bring before you any matters for your deliberation. I am sure that all of you, in common with myself, regret this, and the more particularly do I consider it unfortunate that a dead lock should have occurred at this season of the year, a time best adapted for the prosecution of the publio works, and especially that most important one at the Opawa breach, which, we had every reason to hope, would havo been completed this summer, and so have prevented a repetition of those disastrous overflowings of the waters of the Wairau, which, during tho last twelve or eighteen months, have proved bo prejudicial to the best interests of the province. In bringing your labours thus early to a close without initiating any subjects for your consideration, T am sure you will fully recognise how next to impossible it was for mo to do so : unacknowledged by the servants of the Government as Superintendent of this province, and denied possession of the public documents and offices, I have considered it best to abstain from taking any action until my position is established by the Supreme Court of the colony, for which purpose I lately visited Wellington, and initiated the necessary legal proceedings 5 and I may here remark thnt it was with more than surprise that I noticed this morning a proclamation, signed by Captain Baillie, announcing that a large quantity of the land of thia province would be put up to auction, on Thursday, the 27th of November next. To use the mildest term, there is a precipitancy and indelicacy about this which, bs I said before, surprises mo. It will be my duty to take such steps as, with the advice of my Executive, may be considered best to prevent "The People's Inheritance," as the waste lands of the Crown has been most justly called, being thus, ns I consider, illegally attempted to be disposed of. Having in view the welfare of the province, I sincerely hope that the milter may be brought to a speedy issue, should the result of those proceedings confirm the choice you have made iti me as Superintendent (and of this I have no doubt) I 6hall lose no time in calling you together, and plaoing before you such Acts as I consider it advisable to introduce, one of which will be an Act to provide for the efficient draining of portions of the lower districts of the Wairau, in my opinion a most necessary and important work, and well deserving your most earnest consideration. I thank you, gentlemen, on behalf of the province, for though your duties have not been onerous, I am aware that many of you have at tended at great persona) inconrenience. I now declare this Council stands prorogued, and it is prorogued accordingly. W. H. Eras, Superintendent. The tame Gazette contains a proclamation from Mr. Eyes, in his capacity of Superintendent, declaring that all sales of land made at the ensuing land sale at Picton, will be null and void. We give the notice s — Proclamation. By his Honour William lleney Eyes, Esq., Superintendent of the Province of Marlborough, in the Colony of New Zealand. Whereas, a proclamation has been published under tho hand of William Douglas Hall Baillie, Esq., calling himself Superintendent of tho Province of Marlborough, notifying that certain land?, being the Waste Lands of the Crown, will be put up for public sale, at the Land Office, at Picton, on Thursday, the 27th day of November next. And whereas clause 13 of the Land [Regulations, now in force in the Province of Marlborough, enjoins (hat such notification should be issued by the Superintendent : And whereas I, Hie said William Henry Eyes, wop, on the 20th day of September last, duly elected to the office of Superintendent of tho Province of Marlborough : And whereas the aforesaid proclamation has beon issued without my authority nnd consent : Now, therefore, I, the Superintendent of the Proyinoe of Marlborough, do hereby notify to all whom it may coucern, that all sales effected, or pretended to be effected, under the aforesaid proclamation will be null and void 5 and I hereby caution all persons, that if they purchase any lands of the Crown nt the aforesaid sale, they will do so at their ownjjroper risk and peril. At Picton a regatta took place on the Ist of Notember, the third anniversary of tho creation of the province. A dinner of the Picton division of the Marlborough Volunteers had taken place at the Tagmanian Hotel, Captain Baillie in the chair. The dinner was well attended, and went off well. An assessment of the town land was about to be made by the Picton Board of Works. The rate will realize about £400. At Blenheim th«re bai been great rejoicing, conse-
quent on the first visit made by a steamer to thai rising township, the Lyttelton having succeeded in iisi-endirg the Opawa river without difficulty. A public dinner to Captain Whitwell and the officers of the L} Helton was given by the delighted lllcnlieiftiite.", and n band of music accompnnied Iho Ljttellon down tho river on her return.
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MARLBOROUGH., Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXI, Issue 100, 19 November 1862
MARLBOROUGH. Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle, Volume XXI, Issue 100, 19 November 1862
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