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Saturday 9 May 1891, The Sydney Morning Herald




The sectional committee of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works appointed to report upon the proposed railways to Inverell arrived here this evening. They have taken evidence at Glen Innes Swan Vale, Inverell, Tingha, and Wandsworth. Their inquiries have been of a very elaborate character, and the amount of evidence collected is both valuable and large. The committee take evidence here to-morrow, at Armidale on Monday, and at Uralla on Tuesday, returning to Sydney on Wednesday morning. The committee consists of Messrs. Garrard (chairman), Trickett, Tonkin, McCourt, and E. W. O’Sullivan.


The Sectional Committee left for Guyra this morning. They sat late last night taking evidence, all of which showed the advantage of the Guyra line over the Glen Innes route. Splendid samples of potatoes, maize, fruit, &c, were exhibited. Evidence was given by mining experts to the effect that there is a great future before the Tingha field by reason of the lode and deep alluvial mining. The Bundarra evidence showed substantial support for the Guyra line. If constructed, both places would send 2000 tons each way annually.


The members of the Sectional Committee of the Public Works Committee completed a two days’ examination of numerous influential witnesses as to the merits of the proposed railway from Glen Innes to Inverell. Voluminous and very important evidence was taken with regard to the district, and the enormous development of the great industries that would result from railway communication with the main line. The committee were driven out by the Mayor and Mr. G. A. Cruickshank, M.L.A., to Pinehurst, Byron, and thence by Inverell station home. They were delighted with the district passed through. They left by coach for Tingha this morning.

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March 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

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