From 1862 it became harder to establish a new province, but the populations of outlying districts did not stop seeking self-government. One of the most persistent were the people of South Canterbury – the electoral districts of Timaru and Gladstone – who in this petition sought rural (shire) and town (municipal) councils. They had a partial victory later this same year – the Timaru and Gladstone Board of Works was set up and allocated 25% of the land revenue of Canterbury to spend on public works in its area.
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Reference: Appendices to the Journals of the House of Representatives, 1867, G-01, p. 8
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