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TABLE OF LAND REGULATIONS.
Copied ffom the Report of the Registrar-General for Western Australia, 1870.
"The existing Land Regulations were proclaimed in August, 1864, and special Regulations for Mining Leases, and for the occupation of Land in the far North and Eastern Districts in January, 1865. It is not necessary here to publish the Regulations in detail, but they may be shortly summarized."
Sale of Crown Lands.
"The Crown Lands are classified as Town, Suburban, Country, and Mineral.
"Town and Suburban Lands are sold by auction, at upset prices regulated by the Governor.
"Ordinary Country Lands are sold, at the fixed price of 10s. per acre, to the first bonâ fide applicant for the same, in lots not less than 40 acres each.
"A deposit of one-tenth the purchase money is payable when the Land is applied for, and the balance within one month afterwards, with title-deed fee of 1l. "Remissions granted to Military or Naval Officers and Men."
"For Pastoral purposes the Crown Lands are divided into Class A and Class B; and in the North and East districts into Classes A and C.
"Annnal Rent, 2s. per 100 acres, and no licence fee.
"No Licence issued for less than 1l.
"Full annual rent to be paid on application.
"Holders of Land in Fee Simple, of not less than 10 acres, within a Class A Licence, have a right to run gratuitously within such Licence one head of great stock for every 10 acres so held, and so long as said land may be let for Pastoral purposes.
"Lands in Class B are situate outside of certain defined Boundaries, and are let on Pastoral Leases of eight years. These Leases are not renewable, but the Lessees thereof have a preferable claim for renewal.
"No Lease to contain more than 10,000 acres, but any number of Leases may be granted to the same person. The annual rent for a Lease is 5l., and 10s. per thousand acres for the land contained therein.
"Leases are granted without competition.
"These Leases contain pre-emptive rights of purchase of any portion of the land (not less than 40 acres) during the first year.
"After the first year of a Lease, all unsold land is open to general selection for purchase.
"Homesteads may be selected by Lessee during the first year, at the rate of two acres for every acre of run, with a right of purchase of any part thereof within the first three years.
"Purchasers of Lands within B Leases have the same right of depasturing cattle as in Class A Licences."
North and East Districts.
"Lands in these Districts are disposed of on more liberal terms than in any other parts of Western Australia.
"The North District is comprised between the sea coast and the meridian of 120° East longitude, and to the North of the River Murchison and of a true East line through Mount Murchison.
"The East District is comprised between the meridians of 121° and 129° East longitude, and between the South coast and latitude 30° South.
"The Lands are divided into Class A for annual Licence, and Class C for more extended occupation. Class A comprises all land within two miles of the sea coast, and Class C the remainder. The rent of Class A Lands is 5s. per 1000 acres for the first four years, and 10s. per 1000 acres for each of the second four years.
"Class C Lands are let on Pastoral Lease for eight years, commencing first of January next after application.
"The rents of Class C Leases are at the rate of 5s. per 1000 acres for each of the first four years, and 10s, per 1000 acres for each of the second four years, with a fee of 5l. at the commencement of each Lease, but not after the first year."
"Lands known or supposed to contain minerals are termed 'Mineral Lands,' and are sold as such to the first applicant for the same, in lots of not less than 80 acres each, and at the fixed price of 3l. per acre, payable by a deposit of 1l. per acre at the time of application, and of a similar amount on the same date in each of the two following years."
Licences to Test Mineral Lands.
"Any person desirous of testing the mineral qualities of land previously to purchase, may obtain a Mining Licence for one year, subject to renewal for a second year, at the option of the Governor. The rent chargeable to be at the rate of 2s. per acre for the first year, and 4s. per acre for the second year.
"No Licences granted for a less term than one year, or for a smaller sum than 8l.
"The holder of any Mining Licence may exchange his Licence for a Mining Lease for any period not exceeding ten years, and at an annual rent of 8s. per acre paid in advance.
"For the same period, and on the same terms, Mining Leases shall be granted to any other person on approved application."
NATIVE SCHOOL AT PERTH.
Since the foregoing pages were written the Bishop of Perth has carried out his wish to establish, under his own eye, a school for native children similar to that conducted at Albany by Mrs. Camfield. The pupils have been removed from Albany to Perth and are now, under the superintendence of the Bishop, entrusted to the care of one thoroughly well suited to a post of such responsibility, Miss Sheperd, late mistress of the Girls' School at York. At present the native children are accommodated in temporary quarters; but a building expressly intended for the Native Institute has already been commenced and will shortly be completed, when it is hoped that an earnest and united effort will be made by the colony to carry out the purpose which the Bishop has so much at heart by the establishment of a large and prosperous native home.
One of the most useful productions of the colony, which has been accidentally omitted from notice in the previous pages, is the fine elastic substance, resembling wool, which is found at the base of the leaves or fronds of the Zamia so common in Swan River (Zamia spiralis?). It is much used for bedding and similar purposes, and might become a valuable article of export, as it may be procured at the price of a few pence per pound from those who collect it.