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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 8

To Property Holders, and Residents in the Roslyn, Half-Way Bush, and surrounding Districts,—

To Property Holders, and Residents in the Roslyn, Half-Way Bush, and surrounding Districts,—

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TThrough our official connection with the Roslyn Council, we imagine it will not be out of place to bring before you a scheme for the purpose of laying down a system of Tramways extending from the City of Dunedm to the Municipality of Roslyn, and which may be extended to the Half-Way Bush, with branches running towards the Boroughs of Mornington and Maori Hill.

Having had this in view for some time past, we have leisurely been acquiring the necessary information requisite for giving you an opinion as to the best system to be adopted, together with the estimates necessary to complete the undertaking. It is with pleasure that we now lay before you our views, and trust that it may be the means of assisting to develop a scheme which must prove of immense benefit to the City and its higher suburbs.

The Municipality of Roslyn is suitable at an elevation of about 600 feet above the sea level, and is approached from the City by roads having continuous steep inclinations, the gradients ranging from about 1 in 6 to 1 in 12. The distance traversed is about one mile, so that it is at once seen that a considerable amount of energy is expended in overcoming the ascent.

Owing to the difficulty of access many have been compelled to take up residences in the lower levels, who would have preferred living in the higher suburbs; and, as a consequence, the population has increased slowly in proportion to other rural and suburban municipalities adjoining Dunedin, which have easy access by rail.

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From observation it has been found that the number travelling to and from Roslyn daily may be estimated at about 1800, while another 300 may be taken for residents in the upper parts of the City from Arthur Street westwards. With such a large travelling population it is apparent that sufficient inducement is held out to allow of a tramway being laid down which financially would prove successful.