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The New Zealand Journal, Saturday, November 07 (1840)

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By a Parliamentary return dated 13th July, 1840, it appears that the following Crown lands have been sold in Australia from 1831 to 1838:—In New South Wales 1,489,313 acres have been sold, and £528,154 has been received as the purchase-money; 408,036 acres have been granted without sale, and 18,000,000 acres of wild land remain ungranted. In Van Diemen's Land 239,207 acres have been sold, and £104,306 has been received as the purchase-money; 354,745 acres have been granted without sale, and 12,090,476 acres of wild land remain ungranted. In Western Australia 22,327 acres have been sold, and £2,194 has been received as the purchase-money; 723,692 acres have been granted without sale: the quantity of wild land remaining ungranted has not been ascertained. In South Australia 151,611 acres have been sold, and £259,197 has been received for purchase-money. No land has been granted without sale, and the quantity of wild land remaining ungranted has not been ascertained. The total for the Australian colonies, therefore, stands thus—1,902,458 acres have been sold; £893,851 has been received as purchase-money; 1,486,473 acres have been granted without sale, and in the two colonies of New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land 30,090,476 acres of wild land remain ungranted. The returns respecting the colony at the Cape are very defective. It appears, how ever, that £25,481 has been received for the purchase of land, that 23,088,583 acres of wild land have been granted without sale, and that about 34,000,000 acres of wild land remain ungranted.—Colonial Gazette.

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