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A SKETCH OF OTAGO,
INITIATION OF THE SETTLEMENT,
ABOLITION OF THE PROVINCE
THE IMPORTANT EVENTS IN ITS HISTORY,
With Statistical and Comparative Tables,
PUBLISHED BY R. T. WHEELER, STAFFORD STREET,
COULLS & CULLING, PRINTERS, RATTRAY ST.
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TO THE HONORABLE JAMES MACANDREW, ESQ., M.H.R.,
MINISTER OF LANDS AND IMMIGRATION, AND LAST OF OTAGO'S SUPERINTENDENTS:
Your association with Otago as one of the original Committee who devised the scheme of the settlement, and of which honored list few now survive to witness its marvellous success; your adoption of Otago as your home in the earliest years of its struggling existence, and, with one other exception, the only member who so acted; your high position as its leading settler for many years; your great influence in moulding its institutions and urging its advancement, both by sacrifice and service; your keen appreciation of
"Scenes o'er which memory wakes,"
as well as an uninterrupted course of personal friendship, prompt the inscription of this little work to you, by
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TO THE READER.
A LARGE portion of this sketch was originally written for the Official Handbook of New Zealand. In the preparation of the part referring to Otago, material was collected not adapted for that publication, and its possession suggested to me the idea of combining the whole, and issuing the sketch in its present form.
Considerable difficulty has been experienced in obtaining particulars of the earliest years, and many incidents which would be interesting will undoubtedly be found wanting, but as the first effort of the kind--which may hereafter be supplemented--I trust this small volume will be found acceptable and amusing to the colonists, as well as valuable for reference to those who desire to con the history of the past.
Forbury, March 1878.
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EARLY HISTORY OF THE PROVINCE ... 1
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE PROVINCE ... 11
LAND, CLIMATE, PRODUCTS ...
INDUSTRIES AND RESOURCES ... 33
INSTITUTIONS ... 45
ADVANTAGES ... 59
PROSPECTS ... 66
CHANGES ... 75
EFFECTS ... 84
RECORD ... 89
SUPERINTENDENTS ... 148
PROVINCIAL COUNCILS AND ELECTORAL DISTRICTS ... 149
MUNICIPALITIES AND DISTANCES ... 150
STATISTICS ... 151