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I excavated large tanks, and made heavy expensive embankments across a sort of dry creek, which is merely a wide, shallow, grassy depression about 6 feet below the level of the plain, but from not having had a sufficient fall of rain they never filled;  and I have had to depend upon the wells almost entirely for the last 2 years.  Altogether I estimate to have expended about £4000 in watering the run.  I have even this season through the total failure of the hay crop, to send up horse feed from Melbourne, cracked maize & chaff to feed the horses which work the wells.  My improvements are however permanent, and when the runs are fenced in ought to carry about 80,000 sheep.  One great drawback is

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