(Per Renters Agency.) Declaration of the Awards. Melhocune, March 22. The ceremony arranged for the official declaration of the awards took place at the Exhibition building to-day. The day was a public holiday, and there was a parade of Volunteers. Crowds of people were in the streets, and 20,000 persons visited the Exhibition. The weather was very hot. The address of the Commissioners announced that 6,941 awards in all had been made, exclusive of 581 honorable mentions. New Zealand holds a good position in the lists, with 341 awards, which were formally received by Mr John Blackwood on behalf of exhibitors from that colony. The whole ceremony passed off with aiat.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 300, 23 March 1881
AUSTRALIAN. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 2, Issue 300, 23 March 1881
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