From our Correspondent
Gawler Plains.July 11.
The usual monthly paper of the Smithfield Farmers' Club was read by the Secretary on Friday evening last. The attendance was not so numerous as on some former occasions, which may be attributed to insufficient publicity resulting from a mistake. The paper was well received, and at its conclusion a vote of thanks was presented to the lecturer. Some routine business was afterwards gone through and the meeting adjourned, Mr. Scoulor having promised to read the next paper.
The polling for District Councillors took place on Monday, which resulted in the election of Messrs. B. Heaslip (22 votes), Riggs (24), and S. Smitham (17). Very much inconvenience is experienced by the ratepayers in being needlessly called upon to attend— one day for nomination and another for the ballot. The fact is, not one-third so many attend on the voting-day as on the first day, and so the Councillors are practically the representatives of the minority. Now on the present occasion the show of hands on the first day indicated clearly enough who were to be the coming men, and the ballot proved that the first was right. It appears, and has been expressed by many here, that the sooner we retrace our steps to the old system of nominating and polling the same day, the better it will be for all concerned. The division of the district into wards was also another subject of discussion with many, and from what I can gather from the ratepayers, I should say we are rapidly drifting into that very desirable condition. Mr. Evans, of Gawler, (gave his lecture on ' Four Years in America' last evening at the Institute. It was listened to with great attention, and met with the hearty approval of the audience, judging from the unanimous vote of thanks accorded to the lecturer. I am happy to say that Mr. Rowland is so far recovered from his late accident as to be able in some measure to attend to his regular business, he having acted as a scrutineer on Monday last.
SA Register 17 July 1865