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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Part I. — Land Open for Selection

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Part I.

Land Open for Selection

The total area of the colony is upwards of 66,000,000 acres, which is held approximately as follows:—
Sold or disposed of in Education and other Reserves 19,500,000
Held under various tenures, other than Freehold 12,500,000
Mountain tops, barren, lakes, &c. 7,000,000
Unoccupied Crown Lands 11,000,000
Native Lands 10,000,000
Midland Railway Area 6,000 000
amit 66,000,000
The lands available for future settlement are the Crown lands, Native lands, and such part of the land comprised in the Middland Railway Company' area, as in not barren, amounting in all to about 25,000,000 acres, which have been classified as follows:—
Crown Lands suitable for Settlement 3,500,000
Native Lands 4,000,000
Midland Railway Lands 1,500,000
Crown Pastoral Lands 7,500,000
Native Pastoral Lands 6,000,000
Midland Railway Pastoral Lands 2,500,000
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These lands are of various qualities and characters, hut as a rule, those suitable for settlement are covered with timber, which has to be cleared before the land can be brought into profitable occupation. The cost of clearing varies from 25s. to 45s. per acre.

According to our Crown Lands Guide, on the 1st January 1891, Crown lands suitable for settlement amounting to 951,453 acres were open for selection in the ten land districts of the colony, nearly the whole of which may be selected under the three systems: i.e.:—cash, deferred payment, or perpetual lease, at the option of the selector. Detailed information can be obtained at the Land Offices or from the Crown Lands Guide. The following is the general description taken from the guide recently published:—