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A Romance of Lake Wakatipu

Note 10.—The Timber Question

Note 10.—The Timber Question.

As illustrative of the scarcity of timber on the Dunstan, the following is quoted from a report dated the 28th August, 1862, by the Sub-Inspector of Constabulary stationed on that field: "Fuel is scarce, and until timber can be obtained by means of rafts from the forests higher up the river the miners will be worse off for firing than at Tuapeka. This want is also a source of great disappointment to the miners, many of whom calculated on being able to construct cradles and sluices from the timber they were led to believe existed in the immediate neighbourhood."