KANGAROO ISLAND AND THE MONORAIL.
KANGAROO ISLAND.—MONORAIL WANTED.
KINGSCOTE. March 7, 1911.-An enthusiastic meeting, convened by the Chairman of the District Council (Mr. A. Daw), was held yesterday to consider the report of the Kangaroo Island Railways Commission. It was resolved to ask the Government to consider the building of a horse traction monorail from Kingscote to Vivonne Bay, through the Hundreds of MacGillivray, Seddon, and Newland, and from Vivonne Bay into the Hundred of Ritchie. Owing to the expense of metal roads and the shortage of stone through the hundreds named it is estimated that a horse traction monorail would fill the bill, and effect a revenue, besides helping the selectors. A petition is being signed, which will in due course be presented by the district members to the Government, praying that the Hundred of Ritchie be surveyed for selection and opened up to Vivonne Hay by monorail instead of being included in the fauna and flora reserve, as previously decided on by the Government.KANGAROO ISLAND MONORAIL WANTED (1911, March 8). The Register (Adelaide, SA : 1901 - 1929), p. 9. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article59098201
KINGSCOTE, April 4, 1911.—Two of the members of the District of Alexandra, Messrs. Ritchie and Blacker, left the Ozone Hotel this morning in a four-in-hand conveyance . They will drive through several farms that would derive a benefit from a monorail in the Hundreds of MacGillvray and Seddon. The party will return to Kingscote on Wednesday evening to attend a public meeting arranged by the Chairman of the district council, to discuss the question of a monorail on Kangaroo Island.KANGAROO ISLAND AND THE MONORAIL. (1911, April 8). Observer (Adelaide, SA : 1905 - 1931), p. 15. Retrieved August 8, 2019, from http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article164720951
Improved Transport Facilities for the New Hundreds.
Under the heading of " Kangaroo Island Railway" the report of the deputation which recently waited on the Commissioner of Crown Lands and requested better transport facilities, appeared in the Adelaide dailies, which is a misleading description of the request. Recognising, as we have been perhaps unwillingly compelled to do, that the prospect of a full-blown railway on Kangaroo Island, in the near future was scarcely a remote possibility, our demand has been substantially modified, and is now simply a request for better transit facilities in the cheapest known form, viz. tramline or mono-rail. Also recognising that the much debated ironstone country has not yet been thoroughly demonstrated as suitable for agriculture, the route now suggested for a line runs through the best country in the Hundreds of MacGillivray and Seddon, about which there is no doubt as to its suitability for the production of cereals, and some of it, viz. Messrs Wheaton and Co's farm is, on past production, the best wheatgrowing land in the district, and there are thousands of acres on other holdings, which should, with like cultivation, produce equal results as have been obtained on that property.
The proposition to construct a tram line or mono-railway through the Hds. of MacGillivray and Seddon, from Kingscote to Vivonne Bay, is of entirely different color to the original scheme of a narrow gauge line along the backbone of the Island, as all the established farms in those hundreds would be almost as distant from that route as they are at present from the seaboard either on the North or South Coasts, which would mean that their owners would not benefit by the construction of the line, and it would not have the guarantee of their patronage. The alteration of the route and the great re duction in the initial cost, changes the financial aspect of the case from that of problematical to assured success.
A mono-railway running closely past, White Lagoon, Messrs Williams, Nicholls, W. G. Burgess and the K.I. Oil Co's holdings, Pulcara Farm, Badlands, Hawks Nest, Lake Ada, Kaiwarra, Vivonne Park, and the Harriet River, would be assured of all the traffic which results from the transport of the products of those places, and the supply of their farming requisites, and would prove an inestimable boon to the present settlers and enable them to develop their holdings to an extent which is now an impossibility. The reduction in the cost of carriage of goods and also passengers would be reflected in every department of farming, even in the price of wages, and at the same time facilitating the engagement of labour, not one of the least difficulties with which the out-back farmer has to contend.
Given the means of transporting its produce to the sea port at a cost approximating that of railway carriage over a similar distance in other parts of the State, there can be no possible doubt that large areas of land in the newly surveyed hundreds now undeveloped would be brought under cultivation, and return good livings to its settlers. The idea that a railway would prove a profitable concern, has been scouted by even some of the Island residents, but it is more than possible that they have been allowing wrong impressions of the whole proposal to affect their judgement. The construction of a railway on the same scale that is most familiar to us, viz. the up-to-date passenger line, conveys an idea of expensive outlay totally out of all proportion to the cost of a scheme which we now are urging. Whether this project would pay should the proposal become an accomplished fact is dependent on two main points which are, (1) The cost of construction and (2) Carriage of sufficient quantity of goods over the line to provide interest and working expenses on the cost. The latter is almost wholly dependent on the former, so we may consider the cost as the principal item for consideration. A mono railway can be laid for an absurdly small amount, and on figures quoted by well-known makers £400 at 4 per cent. would pay the annual interest on the cost of a line from Kingscote to Vivonne Bay. This would only represent the carriage of 800 tons at 10/ per ton, and if any person would maintain that, given the facility of getting their goods transported for the modest sum of 10/ per ton, the present settlers themselves would not be able to pay the interest on the undertaking, he would court ridicule.Improved Transport Facilities for the New Hundreds. (1912, June 22). The Kangaroo Island Courier (Kingscote, SA : 1907 - 1951), p. 4. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article191635265