about a month, and I have just put 15000 additional sheep upon the blocks - and as then most of my stock are ewes I hope to have close upon 50000 before shearing. I pay from 1/ to 1/2 a cubic yard for excavations and
I am going on with a deal of work at present to try to accumulate water on the surface for next summer. The area of my 3 blocks is about 190,000 acres, it is of first rate quality, and when the Railway is opened to the Murray it will be within 24 hours of Melbourne. I hope to avoid using my wells very little but they are necessary reserves for dry seasons. You will perceive that there is great expense & trouble, & there are frequent losses in forming stations in such country & it requires good management. It might be better to go further inland for well watered country of equal quality.