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The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Taranaki, Hawke's Bay & Wellington Provincial Districts]

The Borough of Wanganui

The Borough of Wanganui was incorporated in the year 1872. Its area is 1000 acres, and it contains 1900 rateable properties. The rateable value is £84,000, on which 2s. 5d. in the £ is levied, producing an annual rate of £10,150. In addition to the rate revenue the Council receives revenue from its reserves to the amount of £1700 per annum. Included in these reserves are 250 acres within the Borough, and 2000 acres at Mangawhero. The municipal offices, erected in 1881, are located in St. Hill Street, and adjoining is the Opera House, also the property of the ratepayers. The latter was built in 1899, at a cost of £5000, and is the only theatre in the town. It has seating accommodation for 1000, and is lighted by both electricity and gas.