[From our own Correspondent.]
Mintaro, May 14.
Several events are now taking place which will tend to the benefit of this locality, which, I may say, is purely agricultural. The closing of the Burra Mine is, without doubt, a serious affair for our farmers, who there found a good market for a great quantity of their produce, which will now have to be conveyed elsewhere. Under those circumstances, they hail with joy the Port Wakefield Tramway, and the commencement of a line of railway in this direction; as also the great improvements being made by the Central Road Board to the main lines of road.
Our township, it appears, will now go ahead also. Until last week it was bound in on every side by private property, and persons wishing land to build could not procure it. Many would have settled down here but that places to live in could not be obtained. To remedy this state of things, Mr. Peter Brady placed in the market a quantity of land in half-acre allotments, 20 of which were sold on Wednesday last, averaging £50 per acre. There are still applicants for more, and I have no doubt but we will soon see buildings springing up in all directions. A Police Station will soon be commenced, and better prospects appear in the distance to all of us here.
The new Wesleyan Chapel is about to be opened, and the Wesleyan body may well feel pleased to view the beautiful edifice their liberality has erected.
During the past week death has taken from us two old residents, viz., Mrs. Ann Briggs and Mr. John White. They were much esteemed.
The weather is beautiful, and this evening there is every appearance of rain, which, no doubt, the agriculturists would be glad of.