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A TRIP TO THE SOUTH.

The rearrangement of the Port Chalmers railway terminus promises to he a great improvement on the present plan, and the new stone station is a pretty little structure. The beautiful bay from Port Chalmers to Dunedin has for the last few years been the scene of strange transactions. The Dunedin Harbour .Board, which long ago gained notoriety, has no doubt done its best to accommodate the merchant princes of the city in the efforts it has put forth to give each warehouse a little wharf of its own, but, judging by appearances, it may be questioned whether any one importer is pleased with the result. Thousands of pounds have been thrown away for -which nothing is seen, except mud, half tide walls partly finished, basins of fantastic shapes, and plenty of worn-out plant lying in all directions. To survey the whole concern from the terraces at the back of the city does not by any means excite admiration, but rather disgust at the extensive waste of public money which has been going on there. Opinion seems to be getting stronger that Port Chalmers will remain the Port of Otago, for which it is so naturally fitted. If it does, the cheery little spot has a great future in store. The Dunedin tram cars are the latest novelties, and a great success in their way. With “ up ” and “ down” lines, some cars drawn by horses and others by steam, they start from their stations about every five minutes with a good batch of passengers, who ride any distance along the route at 3d. per head. Some of the cars are larger than the others, and have a strong spiral stair, by which travellers can obtain a roof seat. The wheels are all covered in, as also the engine, the smoko and noise of which is reduced to a minimum. The whole affair is very neat, and the wonder is how accidents can possibly happen, except through sheer carelessness. The street horses take to them very naturally, and the rails being laid flush with the street, with one-half of the surface jagged, conveyances can cross them easily at any angle. The new Town Hall is a fine building, and is erected in the most commanding part of the Octagon.

On the top of the Hall is a very neat tower, on which is hung the large lire bell, lately cast by a Dunedin firm, and which is most sonorous in tone. With this and the electric signals which are being placed in various parts of the city, the inhabitants will be greatly aided in their eli'orts to stamp out fires. Wain’s new hotel and the Royal Exchange Hotel were noted as new erections, both very handsome buildings in their way. The Bank of New Zealand is surely a prosperous institution. The old building at the corner of Princes and Rattray streets is being demolished, and a new palatial structure is to take its place. In the interim the Banking operations are being carried carried on in the premises lately occupied by the “ Daily Times and Witness Co. ” the said company having moved their business down High street in front of the railway station. One new erection was prominent in its ugliness, and for a while afforded an amount of mental speculation. It is near the High School and is called the “ Nunnery,” while adjacent to that is the imposing palace of Bishop Moran. The curiosity was why the home of the bachelor should bo so beautiful and that of the spinster so repulsive. Did any law operate in that 1 Might the fact be regarded as suggestive of one of many processes essential in the formation of moral character. The thing was peculiarly striking. The Garrison Hall is a rare building of its kind, and a masterpiece of stone carving above its main entrance. It is a pity that the authorities should open the place for such low class feats as were lately witnessed there. It is very degrad ing to the building itself, let alone the question of immorality. “ So Long.”

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A TRIP TO THE SOUTH. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 59, 10 February 1880

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