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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73

Central Otago

Central Otago,

[unclear: ad] his opinions concerning the possibilities of that somewhat indefinite but extensive district the matter of fruitgrowing and preserving are such as must cheer the heart of all interested in the locality, and give a fresh impetus to the promoters of the Central Otago, and Kelso-Roxburgh railways. Mr. Blackmore had spent some time [unclear: ongst] the interior hills and valleys, and had studied their features and [unclear: charachristics] with special reference to the industry under his care. He considers the [unclear: nate] of the region wonderfully fine, and as remarkably suitable for the cultivation of a wide variety of fruits, more especially for three sorts for which, in one form or other, there is always a market—viz., the peach, apricot, and prune plum. For the grape also considers most of the district admirably adapted. The whole of the upper valley of the Clutha, more especially from Roxburgh right through to alexandra, and the foothills adjoining Lowburn, he regards as being blessed with as fire a