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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Summary of Industries

Summary of Industries.

As to the general industries of the Colony I want to give you an idea of the total number of our factories and works and to give some figures connected therewith. We had in 1890 (and no doubt have a good few more by this) page 35 2,570 mills or works which employed an aggregate of 29,580 hands, and paid in wages £2,209,859. The total capital invested in land, buildings, and plant was £5,826,000, while the estimated total value of the produce of these factories and works was £9,422,000. I think such facts and statistics as this will give some idea of the nature and extent of the employment of our colonists, and I think there is sufficient also to show that we have room for additional population of the right class. As I have already stated, any one who is able and willing to go on the land and work it with persistency and in a proper manner may be sure, by patient perseverance in well doing, to reap a bountiful harvest in the end.