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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 73



The number of settlers on small areas at Cheviot under the village-homestead system is 87, and, with their wives and families, number 341. The total area they occupy is 2,419 acres 1 rood 22 perches, the average area to each settler being under 28 acres; the annual rent is £844 9s. 6d., equivalent to an average of nearly 7s. per acre.

The amount paid as rent by the village-settlers at Cheviot for the year ending 31st March last was £771 2s. 2d., and the total payments made by them since they occupied the land amounts to £1,079 5s. 11d. On the same date eleven settlers only were in arrear, the rent due being £48 7s. 8d.

The number of sections forfeited or surrendered was seven, the area being 175 acres 1 rood 38 perches, and the annual rent £64 2s. 4d.

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The sum of £40 was advanced to assist four of the settlers to erect cottages.

The improvements which the eighty-seven settlers have made on the land are valued at £3,044, thus proving that they have been industrious, and are of the right class.