HC Deb 20 April 1891 vol 352 cc909-10

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for the Colonies whether he can state how many years it is since a Governor of South Australia visited the Northern territory; whether he can state the total mileage of the Transcontinental Railway (at both ends) now open for traffic; whether there is any proposition, in case the Australian Commonwealth is established, of completing the line under its guarantee; and whether he can now give any information as to the proposed visit of the Governor, Lord Kintore, having regard to the depressed condition of all the industries in the territory?


The Northern territory has never been visited by the Governor of the colony. The total mileage of the Transcontinental Railway now open for traffic is 884 miles, being 736 from the Southern terminus and 148 from the Northern. No proposal of the kind referred to for completing the line has been brought before the notice of the Secretary of State. Lord Kintore will, no doubt, investigate the state of industries in the Northern territory, which he is understood to have reached on the 1st of this month.