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Subject: Transcription - The Scotsman, 9 Dec 1868 - Emigration to South Africa
Date: Sat, 3 Dec 2005 00:34:08 +0100
EMIGRATION TO SOUTH AFRICA UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE GLASGOW AND SOUTH AFRICAN COMPANY (LIMITED.)
Source: The Scotsman - 9th December 1868 http://archive.scotsman.com
The Company are Proprietors of an extensive Tract of Land in the Trans Vaal or South African Republic, extending to 480,000 Acres, or upwards of 700 Square Miles. The Property is named Industria, and is situate on the Eastern Boundary of the Republic, in the Ward of New Scotland, and district of Leydenburg. The climate is temperate, and the country is remarkably healthy. At present Industria can be best reached by landing at Durban, Port Natal, from which it is distant about 300 miles, but a shorter route may hereafter be established.
The Land was selected under the careful superintendence of Mr. Thomas William FINDLAY, of the firm MUIRHEAD, FINDLAY, & Co.; the Company's Commercial Agents in Natal, in conjunction with Mr Robert BELL, the Company's Stock Manager, and Mr James GUNN, formerly of Caithness, a colonist of large experience.
The Land is reported by Mr GUNN and other experienced Sheep Farmers and Agriculturalists to be admirably adapted for the purposes of Sheep and Cattle Farming, and for the growth of Grain, Vegetables, and other Crops common to temperate Climates. It is everywhere well Watered.
The Company is prepared to give very liberal encouragement to Settlers upon their Property, as will be seen from the following scheme, which they submit for the consideration of eligible Emigrants:
- A Block of Land, extending to 24,000 Acres, or 35 Square Miles, will be set aside for the purposes of the Emigration Scheme. Upon this Land a favourable site will be selected by the Company's Manager for a Town, and a Block of about 500 Acres allotted for building purposes.
- Every approved Emigrant will be entitled, on arriving in Industria, and being enrolled as a Burgher of the State, to a Lease from the Company of a Farm of 100 Acres at the nominal rent of 10s. a-year for five years. The Emigrant may himself select his Farm in a compact Block in any part of 24,000 Acres, excepting, of course, the 500-Acre Blockset apart for Town Allottments.
- After five years' occupation, the Company engage to give the Emigrant an absolute and irredeemable conveyance of his Farm of 100 Acres, the only payment for it being £1 a-year in name of quit rent.
- If Emigrants desire a Town Lot, they may obtain an Allotment of an Acre in extent on payment of £5 in had, but subject to the condition that the allotment will be cancelled if the lot is not built upon and occupied within five years.
- It is the Company's intention to erect a Church and School in the town.
- Emigrants desiring to occupy more than 100 Acres may have from one to five additional Farms of that extent, each at the rent of 6d. per Acre per annum during the five years' occupation of the first allotted Farm, with righ to purchase the additional Farms at the end of the five years, at the price of 10s. an Acre.
Taking into account the gerat natural capabilities of the country, and the substantial advantages offered to settlers by the above scheme, it is confidently expected that a large and steady influx of Emigrants will take place. The district is popularly known as the Scotch Settlement, on account of the present Settlers being chiefly Scotch, and the headquarters of the Company being in Glasgow: and while Emigrants from Scotland are specially invited any from other parts of the United Kingdom, if found eligible, will be secured the same advantages.
The Company have already a stock of Sheep and Cattle upon part of their land, and are steadily proceeding to increase the flocks and herds.
Further particulars may be had from ROBERT GIRDWOOD, Esq., Wool-Broker, Edinburgh, and from the Chairman of the Company, LEWIS POTTER, Esq., Udston House, Hamilton.
A pamphlet giving copious extracts from Reports, and other information, will be obtained on written or personal application to the Secretary or the Company, Mr George DICK, 7 Royal Exchange Place, Glasgow.
Glasgow, November, 1868
Gail in Switzerland
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