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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62


"G. G. Stead, Esq., Christchurch."

1.Total number of Freeholders, 1886, 73,000.
2.Value of Real Property (exclusive of Crown and Native Lands, Railways, &c.), 96,832,640l.
3.Value of Real Property assessed for the year 1885, 112,000,000l.

Note.—No. 3 is exclusive of Native Lands beyond five miles of any road suitable for horse traffic, and of all railways, telegraphs, and public works.

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The total amount of personal property has not yet been ascertained.

Estimated Number of Live Stock on 1st April, 1886.
Sheep 15,224,000
Horses 200,000
Pigs 200.000
Cattle 864,000

(Exclusive of stock belonging to Natives.;

Railways. Estimated Value of Lines Opened between 31st March and 30th June.
Oxford—Lichfield £41,000
Masterton—Mauawatu 92,000
New Plymouth—Breakwater 15,000
This, added to the estimated cost of opened lines, March 31st, 1886, viz. 12,472,814l., gives the following estimated value of lines opened to 30th June, 1886 £12,620,814
Land.—Approximate Value of Crown Lands.
North Island £2,250,000
Middle Island, inclusive of Stewart Island 8,000,000

Since 1870 an area of 4,273,000 acres has been purchased from the Natives in the North Island at a cost of 900,000l., the value of which may be taken at least at 1,500,000l.; this is included in the 2,250,000l. North Island, as above. The above estimates are for unsold Crown Lands, and do not include education reserves, endowments for high schools, universities, hospitals, harbours, municipalities, and other public purposes, the total value of which will be at least two or three millions more.

£ s. d.
Land Lines 465,166 16 0
Cook Strait Cables 81,280 2 4
Telephone Exchanges 4,004 1 7
£586,450 19 11