Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 8

Parliamentary Debates; Legislative Council and House of Representatives Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 edition. Excerpt: ...that, exeepting sueh as was taken from the old watereourses, this gravel was unfitted for roads upon whleh there was any heavy traflie. It might answer the requirements of settlers in summer, but even their light traflii e would eut it up in winter. Under the inereasing traflio whleh took plaee in 1862, it beeame neeessary to make roads in the best way, no matter what might be the eost. The gravel was the only material with whieh they eould be made, even temporarily passable, in the summer time, if they were used extensively. In the eourse of a few years the utter failure of gravel to withstand heavy traflie beeame quite evident, and it was neeessary to resort to some other means of faellitating traflie through the eountry. As he had stated, stone was to be obtained only at the Bluff, rom whenee it would have to be brought by water, on aeeount of the plain being for many miles an impassable swamp. It was obvious that, in order to seeure to the Provinee the advantages of sueh an exeellent harbour as the Bluff, it would be advisable to aflbrd better inland eommunieation than a road, and so it was resolved to eonstruet arailway. The two harbours of Southland had eaeh speelal advantages as ports, the one being suitable for the free distribution of imports over the eountry, and the other being more suitable for large ships and vessels whieh ealled in 'ng. It was, however, rathera eurse to Seat and to possess two harbours, in some respeets, to whleh he should presently advert. It beeame indispensable, then, to have a railway to earry the material required for the roads in that part of the eountry. It was eonsidered all but mdispensable to extend that railway to the port. where a jetty eould be formed. The faet of havin an alternative port...
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  • Paperback | 500 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 26mm | 885g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236771400
  • 9781236771407