A GLANCE AT THE RETURNS. MORE THAN HOLDS ITS OWN.; We have to thank Mr A. J. Service ■(County clerk and treasurer) for a copy of the statistical tahlesi relating to local bodies in New Zealand in 1905-06. Mr Service is a true Southlander, and always likes to bring Southland before the public when a favourable opportunity offers._ The returns referred to include interior boroughs. Of course some of the counties are at a disadvantage in this respect, but'a few figures may be of interest to readers of the "Southern Cross,’’ and Southlanders in general. As regards areas, Westland Counts' [has 4,420 square miles, Southland 3,852, and Malborough 3,812. In population Selwyn has 93,460, and Southland 42,915. This places Southland fifth on the list from a population point of view. In unimproved value Southland occupies sixth position at £4,933,376, the highest unimproved value being the Hutt (£14,783,888, while in valuation for improvements Southland stands at £3,327,861. The number 0 f occupied holdings of one acre and upwards in Southland stands at 4,383, which is only beaten by Selwyn with 4,400. The total area of land under cultivation in this County is 804,810 acres. This is the record area under cultivation in any county in New Zealand, and goes to show that the Southland farmers are an industrious class.
Wheat is not extensively grown in Southland, and only 4,873 acres were under cultivation in 1905-6. Ashburton tanners appear to go in ery extensively for wheat, and their area totals to 30,918 acres. Southland is noted as an oatgrowing district, and we naturally expect large returns' in that direction, and one is not disappointed when we find that there was a. total of 69,935 acres under oat crops, which is by far the largest area carrying oats in the colony. In potatoes Southland made good provision, no loss than 1,479 acres .'being under crop, but the blight played havoc here as well as in other parts of the colony, Sclwyn is a great potato-growing district, and had 3,149 acres under this crop. Horses bulk large in- Southland’s returns, and total 19,971, which is far ahead of the other counties. Hawera lakes premier place with cattle, the return being set down at 86,264, while Southland comes third with 77,638 head. There were three counties carrying over a million sheep, these being Cook, Hawkes Bay, and Ashburton counties. Southland had 809,337. Selwyn is the boss pig-raising district. The number is set down at 24,436 animals. Then Hawera with 14,402 : while Southland takes third place with 10,655.
Stewart Island had 9 acres of potatoes, 12 horses, 279 cattle, 1,475 sheep, and 76 pigs. The foregoing is just a brief summary, and goes to show that Southland is not such a. backward county as some would make believe.
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Southland County, Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907
Southland County Southern Cross, Volume 15, Issue 22, 21 September 1907
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