The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69
The public debt of the colony on 31st December, 1888, deducting the accrued sinking funds, was £36,971,771, bearing an annual charge for interest of £1,750,751.
|Railways, 1777 miles||£14,875,187|
|Telegraph—miles of line, 4790||558,343|
|Lighthouses, Harbour Works, and Defences||620,216|
|Departmental Expenditure on Public Works||309,068|
|Water Supply on Gold fields||496,788|
|Purchase of District Railways||361,688|
|Thermal Springs development||11,254|
|Rates on Native Lands||42,334|
|Miscellaneous Public Works||557,273|
|Expenditure in Raising Loans||1,023,073|
|Transfer under Roads and Bridges Construction Act to Main and District Roads, and River Works Accounts||224,677|
|Loan money expended in aid of revenue||3,822,58|
The above details are from official figures published at various times, and are to be found in the Appendices to the Journal of the House of Representatives, and in the volume of Statistics for the year 1888; while the loan money expended in aid of revenue is from a return moved for by Mr. Barron, on 27th June, 1889, "That there be laid upon the table a return showing the amount of loan money expended in aid of revenue is each year since 1875.'