The file

67.08.09a

To James Grant

MS a copy by unknown.

P67/10542, unit 631, VPRS 44/P inward registered and unregistered correspondence, VA 538 Department of Crown Lands and Survey, Public Record Office, Victoria.

Melbourne bot. Garden,

9.8.67

Honored and dear Sir,

yours very regardful

Honble J M Grant

I should not omit to mention that the transfer of any large plants too late in the season will be attended with great risk and with the certainty of the loss of many plants

Estimate

of expenditure for forming plantations and gravelling carriage drives at Toorack.

Raising and (preparing) screening 562 Loads (3/4 yards per Load) of gravel (one man to raise 5 Loads per day)

33

18

:

Carting 562 Loads (8 Loads per day) 13/— per day

47

4

:

Assistance loading gravel — 12 days @ 6/—

3

12

:

Spreading Raking and Rolling Gravel 4d per Load

9

7

4

Wheeling gravel to Garden Walks 127 yards — one man 21 days @ 6/—

6

6

:

Lifting and packing 95 Trees 6 per day 3 men engaged equal to 36 days @ 6/

10

16

:

Carting 95 Trees 5 per Load 3 1/2 loads per day @ 17/6 (6 days)

5

5

:

Sinking 95 holes @ 9d each

3

11

3

Planting 95 Trees — 2 men 8 per day @ 6/— = 24 days

7

4

:

Stakes rope sacking twine &c for 95 Trees

8

:

:

Water Cart 5 days @ 13/—

3

5

Sinking 50 holes for 50 large Shrubs @ 9d

1

17

6

Lifting and packing 50 large Shrubs 3 men 8 per day @ 6/ each = 18 1/4

5

12

6

Carting 50 Shrubs 6 per Load 3 1/2 loads per day @ 17/6 3 days

2

12

6

Planting 50 Shrubs 2 men 8 per day = to 12 days @ 6/—

3

12

:

Sacking Twine &c

2

"

"

Sinking 150 Holes for smaller Shrubs 6d each

3

15

"

Lifting and packing 150 Shrubs 3 men 12 per day

11

5

"

Carting 150 Shrubs 8 per Load 3 1/2 Loads per day @ 17/6 = 5 1/2 days

4

15

3

Planting 150 Shrubs 2 men 12 per day = to 25 days @ 6/—

7

10

:

Sacking Twine &c

5

:

:

Water Cart for watering 200 Shrubs 10 days @ 13/—

6

10

:

Levelling and cleaning up &c after Planting 1 man 8 days @ 6/—

2

8

:

Purchase of 150 Trees and Shrubs @ 7/6 each

56

15

:

Extra wages to Foreman and Gardeners

10

:

:

Draining of Holes and Screening of Plants

25

:

:

287

1

4

Incidental Expenses

The Surveryor-General, C. Ligar, looked over M's estimates on 13 August 1867 and concluded: 'Including the gravel the cost for each tree & shrub when planted will be as near as possible two pounds each Excluding the gravel the cost for each tree & shrub when planted will be about £1 5s 4d per tree I would suggest that the matter be again referred to Dr Mueller to see if some less expensive arrangement could not be made.' M responded to Ligar's comments on 14 August: 'After deducting the expenditure for gravelling garden walks & carriage drives (£100.7.4) there remains £196.14.0 for effecting the plantations as desired, including the cost of purchasing a portion of the shrubs & trees. The total number of plants required and for which provision is made in my estimate is 295; the cost of each shrub & tree when planted will thus be 13/4 but not £1/5/4. But even including the expenses of raising, screening, carting and spreading 562 loads of gravel, which are quite distinct from those for planting, each shrub and tree will cost £1.0.1 2/3 In computing the above average prices for each plant the total number of them has been taken into account, not only the portion intended to be purchased, as the expenses for lifting packing, carting planting &c will also have to be incurred for any plants to be removed from this establishment'.

10

:

:

£

297

1

4