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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 24

(From the Belfast News Letter, December 3, 1874.)

(From the Belfast News Letter, December 3, 1874.)

New Zealand—Connor—Mr. G. V. Stewart and W. H. Farnall delivered lectures on New Zealand and the great advantages possessed by that Colony, and more especially the Province of Auckland, as a field for emigration, at Connor, on Monday evening. The meeting, as previously announced, took place at the Connor Parochial Schoolhouse at 7 p.m. A perfect torrent of rain had been falling incessantly during the day, and the evening, if anything, was worse. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, the schoolhouse (a building capable of holding 400 people) was inconveniently crowded, and a number of persons outside were unable to obtain admission. The Rev. Walter Johnson moved that the meeting should adjourn to the Presbyterian Church (kindly offered, if required, by the Rev. S. Lyle.) This was carried, and the large audience proceeded to the above church. This building can accommodate 1,200; there was, therefore, no inconvenient crowding. Rev. Samuel Lyle was moved to the chair, who introduced the lecturers in suitable terms. Mr. G. V. Stewart gave an interesting account of his voyage to New Zealand, and of his visit to the Colony, and explained the protracted negotiations which had taken place between the Government and himself, and which resulted in his obtaining a large grant of the best agricultural land in the Province. This land is given free, under certain regulations, to farmers from Ulster. Mr. Farnall then gave some most interesting statistics, and pointed out the advantages offered by the province of Auckland as a field for emigration to single girls, single men, or married agricultural laborers or mechanics. Votes of thanks having been moved to the lecturers and chairman, and responded to in suitable terms, the meeting separated, highly pleased with the information they had received.—Correspondent.