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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 65



This town has been settled about 10 years, and owes its name to Colonel Feilding, who formed, with a number of English capitalists,: a special settlement. It has made rapid progress; is now a municipality, has about 1,500 inhabitants, a newspaper (the 'Feilding Star;') has Anglican, Presbyterian, and Wesleyal Churches, three handsome hotels, and many good shops and stores. The name of the block on which the township is built is the Manchester, and is now pretty well settled. Good roads run through it in all directions, and the saw-mill industry is also in full swing, but farming is the chief pursuit. Many of the settlers came out specially to settle on this block, and traces of their industry can be seen on every side. No doubt they have had their share of hard times, but a rich reward awaits the settlers of the whole of these settlements in the future. The population of Feilding contains more than the usual proportion of the English middle, class; indeed this part of the district and the Rangitikei may be said to be in the hands of people of more than usual education and ability. It remains to be seen whether this class can successfully lay aside their former habits and Old Country ideas, and develop into colonial farmers. So far as outside appearances go, the experiment has succeeded, and Anglo-Saxon energy has, as usual, triumphed over the difficulties of nature.

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Manawatu Gorge.

Manawatu Gorge.