On 22nd December 1879, William Hayes made application to the Commissioner of Lands for a selection at Maleny of 160 acres for a fee of 2/6 an acre (2/6 = 25 cents) equivalent to $40 but a lot more than that in today’s values. Of course, as with any Government contracts ‘conditions apply’ and briefly they were:
Annual rent was to paid by 31st March each year or the property forfeited
Reside on the selection continuously for a period of five years.
Spend at least 10/- ($1) per acre on permanent improvements.
If required by the authorities make provision for a roadway two chains wide through the property.
( 66ft x 2 or 40m)
At end of the 5 year period, and within six months, prove to the Land Commissioner in an open court that all conditions had been adhered to. Failure to do so meant the land and all its improvements revert to Her Majesty. If all conditions were fulfilled the selector was entitled to certificate Deed of Grant on payment of a Deed Fee.