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WASTE LAND BOARD.

A meeting of the "Waste Land Board was held at Dunedin on Wednesday.

Pkksent : — The Chief Commissioner, the Provincial Solicitor, the Chief Surveyor, the Collector of Customs, and James Fulton, Esq.

The minutes of the former meeting of the Board were read and confirmed.

The Chief Commissioner brought under the notice of the Board an application by Mr. W. Jones, to have the previous decision of the Board, declaring his run, No. 341, abandoned, rescinded. Mr. Jones had now placed stock on the country, and requested that a license be granted to him — resting his claim upon the difficulties he had to overcome in making a road to the run, upon which he had spent a considerable sum of money, and had at last been compelled to take his sheep up the lake in a boat. The application was refused. Mr. Gn.r.iKs applied to have a license granted to Mr. Howcll for run No. 303.

It was moved by the Chief Surveyor., seconded by the Provincial Solicitor, and carried, lhat this application having been contingent upon Mr. Howell's executing an actual purvey at his own expense, to prove the existence of country, and his ha\ing made cverv exertion to get the survey done, as proved by the evidence of Mr. Miller, surveyor, and having laid the survey before the Board. llesolved that the application be granted. A letter was read from Mr. J. S. Young, dated Ist July, 1861, applying to be allowed to"purchase Section No. 1, Block 11., Moeraki, before the land was open to application by the public. Mr. Young bused his claim on the necessity of enabling him to give increased accommodation to the public travelling north. The application was refused.

The application of Air. Gleeson to be allowed to purchase the land on Run No. 10 on which three huts had been erected, was considered, and a letter read in which Mr. Gleeson expressed his willingness to accept of compensation for the improvements instead of exercising the pre-emptive right.

After considerable discussion as to the power of the Board to act in the matter, the letter was referred to the Government for its consideration.

Mr Cooic appeared at the Board and requested to have certain cases in which he was concerned adjourned, to enable him to be prepared with evidence, which was agreed to. A letter from Mr. Oyg was read, in which he alleged that certain runs in the possession of Mr. M'Lean were unstocked. Mr. Ogg, being present, was informed that he must come prepared with evidence, which he undertook to do at the next meeting of the Board. The question of granting pre-emptive rights was considered, aud an endeavour to settle a principle Was made, but the question was ultimately adjourned until the next meeting of the Board. The Board adjourned sine die.

Salt; or the Wkece of the Steam-ship "Victory" — On Wednesday, the 24th inst., and the following day, the wreck of the mail steam-ship " Victory," and the sails, rigging, stores, furniture, &c, and cargo, were sold on the spot by Messrs. Young & M'Glashan. Notwithstanding the severe weather which prevailed on Wednesday, a tolerably fair number of people attended from Dnnedin, and the cargo and moveable articles were sold at what we considered good prices, considering the difficulty and expense which must attend their removal. The ship was sold aa she la}', with all machinery complete and 300 tons of coal on board, for £570, Mr. R. B. Martin being the purchaser. We have not received the particulars of other amounts realised, but we learn that the total gross proceeds of ship and cargo was about £1900 — a miserable return for property which stood a few days ago at a value of upwards of c£25,000. We understand that the ship is apparently quite uninjured, high and dry on a sandy beach. Whether or not she can be got off will be an interesting question for the purchasers.

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Otago Witness, Otago Witness, Issue 504, 27 July 1861

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WASTE LAND BOARD. Otago Witness, Issue 504, 27 July 1861

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