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Reports of the Native Affairs Committee, 1876.

Report on Petition of Native Owners of Land at Thames

Report on Petition of Native Owners of Land at Thames.

The petitioners state that at the opening of the Thames Gold Field, reserves were set apart for their cultivation, but that since then they have leased or otherwise parted with them, under the impression that they would obtain all moneys derived from miners' rights in respect thereof, but they allege that page 24they have received no such moneys. They pray the House to cause all money received from such sources, on their behalf, to be paid to them, otherwise they express a fear that they will be compelled to close their land from further operations.

I am directed to report as follows:—The Committee recommend that the Government should consider the matter, with a view to giving some facilities to Mr. Graham to have any points in dispute settled by reference to some competent tribunal.

John Bryce,

24th October, 1876.