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OPENING OF THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION.

[Per Renter's Agency,) Melbourne, Oct. 1. The International Exhibition in Carlton Gardens was opened to-day, with greatceremony. The day was proclaimed a public holiday in honor of the event, and it was strictly observed as such. At an early hour the various associations and trade societies, numbering several thousands, formed in procession and traversed the principal streets, the head halting at the Bourke and Wills Monument. The fire brigades assembled in Flinders street, and there awaited the Vice-Regal party, which left Government House at twenty minutes past ten, under aVice-Regal salute. The party comprised his Excellency the Governor the Marquis of Normanby and the Marchioness of Normanby, the Duke of Manchester, Lord Augustus snd Lady Loftus, Sir W. and Lady Jervois and the Misses Jervois, Sir W. Robinson (Governor of Western Australia) and Lady Robinson, Sir Francis Smith (Acting-Go-vernor of Tasmania) and Lady Smith, and their respective suites. The cortege consisted in all of twelve well-appointed carriages. The naval and military forces, consisting of 500 British and 300 foreign blue jackets, and the provincial and metropolitan Volunteers had previously assembled, the former taking a position at the south face of the exhibition, and the latter preceding the party from Government House and forming in Rathbone and Nicholson , streets. The trade societies formed in double line at the intersection of Collins and Elizabeth streets, the carriages passing through the line and the trades then following the procession. The streets were lined yrith thousands of the public, and great enthusiasm was disr played. On the approach of the procession to the building the bands of the societies played the National Anthem, and when the procession hf d entered thegrounds it took up a position in the main avenue. The vice-regal party entered the south door at 11 o’clock. The president of the Commission, the Imperial Commissioners, the Ministers, the vice-presidents and members of the Executive Commission received the party, and conducted them to a handsome dais erected under the central dome. The National Anthem was then sung by a quartette and chorus, and with organ accompaniment. A special inaugural composed by M. Caron, was then performed. It lasted an hour, and was a groat success. Therewerel,oooperformers, and the chorus was excellent. The ladies wore white dresses with blue sashes on the right and red sashes on the left side of the orchestra. At the conclusion of the cantata, M. Caron, the composer and leader of the orchestra, was presented to his Excellency and congratulated. ' The cantata finished, the president, the Hon. W. J. Clarke, and the vice-presidents of the commission then ascended the. dais, and the former read an address to the Governor. Lord Normanby, in reply, said that the undertaking was creditable to the Victorian Commissioners, to the Executive, and to the Parliament, and in the course of a brief address, said it was now an assured fact that the present Exhibition would rank equal to its predecessors as a satisfactory exponent of the world’s industries. . It was his pleasing duty to convey to the Governments of foreign countries and the colonies his feeling of the obligation and satisfaction which the opening address of the Commissioners expressed. His Excellency concluded by declaring the Exhibition opened in the name of her Majesty the Queen. The Union Jack was then hoisted above the building, ' and salutes were simultaneously fired by the men-of-war in the harbor and the batteries on shore.

“ The Hallelujah Chorus” was then sung by the choir, the machinery set in motion, and the fountains commenced to play. After the chorus was sung, the Yice-Kegal party left the dais and proceeded to the

various courts, where the representative Commissioners were presented to his Excellency the Governor. Meanwhile, the French, German, Austrian, Italian,' Prussian, American, and Belgian National Anthems were played by, the orchestra, and at their conclusion the march from “The Prophet” was performed;. The Yice-Regal party, on reaching the New Zealand court, were received by the Commissioners (Dr. Hector and Mr. Blackwood), and the secretary (Mr. Callis). Dr. Hector presented Lord Normanby with a handsomely-bound copy of the catalogue of the New Zealand exhibits, which was published to-day, and with a copy of the handbook containing information regarding the products, progress, and statistics of the colony. The Court presents a pleasing and attractive appearance, although several details are still imperfect. The entries comprise 031 exhibits, which is greater than at the Sydney’Exhibition, while the space allotted there to New Zealand was one-half more than at Melbourne, were there are only 8,000 feet. Notwithstanding that the Court is crowded, every exhibit is displayed to the best advantage. On the return of the Yice-reaal party to the dais, the Governor despatched a telegram to the Queen, announcing the opening of the Exhibition in her name. On departing, his Excellency inspected the procession of the trades and other bodies, and then the united bands played the National Anthem, and another salute was fired on the departure of the Yice-regal party from the Exhibition grounds. The whole proceedings passed off with immense eclat. Most of the Courts are in a forward state, although’ many are still incomplete. The display promises to be most excellent, especially in the exhibits of the fine Arts. The proposed picnic by the Bi’itish exhibitors fell through, as many of the leading representatives of English houses discountenanced the idea. The various English and foreign men-of-war in harbor will be illuminated tp-night.

The arrangements which were made for the opening of the Exhibition were generally excellent, and there was no hitch of any kind. The streets were thronged by crowds of people, who were very orderly. A brilliant illumination took place in the harbor at night, and the sky beirig clear there were numerous spectators. Meleourxe, Oct. 2. The attendance at the opening ceremony yesterday was 6,500, and 15,000 visited tho Exhibition during the day. The Queen has replied to his Excellency the Marquis of Normanby’s telegram announcing the opening of the Melbourne International Exhibition, and wishing it every success. It is proposed to hold a grand review of both military and naval forces on November 9th, the Prince of Wales’ Birthday. ;• Melbourne,' Oct. 4. The attendance at the Exhibition on Saturday was 6,500.

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OPENING OF THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 161, 5 October 1880

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OPENING OF THE MELBOURNE EXHIBITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 161, 5 October 1880

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