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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 76

Boards of Trade

Boards of Trade.

At the invitation of several Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade, and Corporations of the leading cities of Britain, America, and Canada, I had the distinguished privilege of addressing large meetings connected with these several institutions, where I briefly set forth the many advantages of New Zealand, particularly referring to the colony as a place—(1) for the safe investment of capital; (2) as a country suitable for enterprising farmers and agriculturists; (3) as a land of climatic excellence and great natural beauty; and (4) as a country of large natural resources and unrivalled productiveness. The discussions which followed these various meetings led to many inquiries as to the extent of our exports and imports, many manufacturers desiring particulars in regard to the value of the special lines in which they were interested. Were it not for the very valuable information contained in the Registrar-General's Year-book—a supply of which I always carried for distribution—I doubt very much if I page 19 could have answered a tithe of the questions submitted for my replies. And here let me add that a wider distribution of these valuable statistics would materially assist in advertising the colony, and well repay the outlay.