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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 48


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1. This Association has been formed for the purpose of advocating the Fostering and Encouragement of Native Industries and Productions. The time has arrived when, from the fact of many of our leading articles of export being practically shut out from the neighbouring Colonics, the low prices of our great staples—wool and wheat, and the rapid increase of population, it has become imperatively necessary that a large portion of the people should be employed in other ways than farming; and this can only be effected by a judicious Fostering and Encouragement of Local Industries.

2. It does not advocate the claims of any special trade or industry, but is general in its character, embracing as it does among its members every class of the community.

3. The manufacturing interest, and the development of the natural resources of the country, will alike receive the support of the Association.

4. An indiscriminate or excessive protective policy is not advocated, the intention being to foster only those industries that will have a fair chance of succeeding in the Colony.

5. The Association, although only recently formed, is already a very powerful one; and it is earnestly requested that every one feeling an interest in the objects of the Association, and who has the real welfare of the Colony at heart, will join the ranks and lend a helping hand.

6. Any information or statistics bearing on the subject will be thankfully received, and the Association will also be glad to communicate with any one wishing to establish branches of the Association in any part of the Colony, or to co-operate with similar Societies for the purpose of influencing public and Parliamentary opinion.

Any communications addressed to the Honorary Secretary, Mr. W. W. Charters (Messrs. Draper, Charters & Co., Christchurch), will be promptly acknowledged.

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