Construction of Clutha Valley railway urged

A scene at Evansdale, north of Dunedin, with the railway and traffic bridges at left. - <i>Otago...
A scene at Evansdale, north of Dunedin, with the railway and traffic bridges at left. - <i>Otago Witness</i>, 19.7.1911.
About 30 gentlemen, representing Greenfield, Clydevale, Tuapeka Mouth, Tuapeka West, Taumata, and other districts in Clutha which would be served by a railway running up the Clutha Valley from Balclutha to Tuapeka Mouth attended a meeting in the Clydevale Hall on Saturday for the purpose of urging the construction of the railway.

Such a service has been agitated for for several years, and the people of Balclutha and the settlers of the districts concerned are confident that their constant application will be rewarded in time.

Mr M'Inerney presided, and, in explaining the object of the meeting, said that Mr James Allen, M.P. for Bruce, had advised that a petition should be sent to Parliament as early as possible.

It was resolved that petitions should be procured by the Tuapeka Mouth Railway League urging a railway from Balclutha to Tuapeka Mouth.

The Clutha Valley Railway League (a society in Balclutha with the same object) was asked to co-operate with the Tuapeka Mouth League in securing petitions, and to send a deputation to Wellington to urge Parliament to construct the railway.

Messrs D. Murray and J. Smith were appointed to represent the Tuapeka Mouth League at Wellington.

• During the month of June 110 married men and 301 who were single men or widowers were assisted by the Labour Department to find employment, and upon these were dependent 346 persons. Of the number so assisted 262 were sent to private employment and 149 to Government works. The Dunedin office contributed 71 to the total number seeking work, and of these 22 were married men. The number of dependants was 70.

• An exciting incident occurred in Lower High street yesterday morning, when a runaway horse, mounted by a lad riding bareback and with nothing but a rope halter in his hand, charged down the street.

The horse cleverly cleared a barricade erected by some road-menders on the south side of the Railway Station, and swerved towards the main south entrance to the platform. Again it swerved, and galloped along the front of the building, and, dashing through the portico, made its way to the platform by the north entrance.

The railing and a number of trolleys and hand barrows were negotiated with ease, and the excited animal bore down to the end of the platform, and took to the permanent way, where the going was good and the pace hard. But at the Hanover street crossing a cart and team blocked the way, and the horse was brought to a stop.

The rider was none the worse for his experience beyond a severe shaking and a good fright.

- ODT, 18.7.1911.


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