The Christchurch Exhibition.
Mr Twopenny, who arrived in Christchurch yesterday from Melbourne, having inspected the various sites recommended as suitable for the holding of the World’s Fair in March next, has, we learn, applied to the City Council for the use of Cranmer square as the most eligible place in which to hold the Exhibition, and there is every probability of the application being granted. Mr Twopenny suggests that the original design should be altered to an oblong shape, similar to the Paris Exhibition Building in 1867. The change is proposed in order that the structure may be adapted to the comparatively small area of the square. The main building, if the idea is adopted, will run round the four sides of the square to a depth of while an art gallery will conntect the two main entrances from Chester street. Inside the building verandahs 20ft. in depth will be erected, to allow space for machinery in motion, for which motive power will be supplied free of charge. The whole of the large open space in the middle will be occupied by agricultural implements, and thus the building will be completely filled with exhibits. Applications for space continue to flow in, and there is little doubt but that the Christchurch Intercolonial Exhibition of 1882 will be a great success. We understand that about seventy applications for space have been received up to date from various parts of the colony, the majority being from Christchurch. All trades will be represented. A very large number of exhibits are also expected from Great Britain, while the Austrian, French, Italian, and Japanese exhibits will probably be both numerous and interesting. Some people have endeavored to damage the project in the eyes of the public by attributing interested motives to Messrs Joubert and Twopenny, who are getting it up. But whether these gentlemen are interested or not, it seems to us that the colony is indebted to them for what they are doing. Competition is the soul of business, and the good done by the healthy spirit of emulation and rivalry created by these exhibitions cannot be over estimated, for they are, beyond question, largely conducive to national progress and prosperity. We had hoped that the proposal to haveanAshburton Courtat the Christchurch Exhibition would have been carried out; but we fear that it has fallen through. There will doubtless be some Ashburton exhibitors, and their exhibits will probably be scattered about the great building, and so lost. Were these intending exhibitors to put their goods together and apply for an “ Ashburton court,” as we suggested in these columns some time since, the exhibitors would, while serving their individual interests to better purpose, be also . serving the interests of the town.
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The Christchurch Exhibition., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 534, 14 January 1882
The Christchurch Exhibition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 534, 14 January 1882
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