The Christchurch Exhibition.
No little amusement is being caused in various parts of the country by the discussion which is now being carried on in the columns of our Christchurch contemporaries as to the best site for the International Exhibition. Messrs Joubert and Twopenny, the promoters, with commendable business tact, have picked out Cranmer square as the most suitable site for various reasons. They have been offered sites at various prices within easy distance of the city, at terras varying from L4OO to L7OO, and also a gratuitous site from Mr J. T. Matson on the Papanui road. None of these seem to suit Mr Twopenny, as he has evidently considered that the use of Cranmer square must be given him in order to make the undertaking a commercial success to himself, and his partner. Now, if the exhibition is to benefit New Zealand at all, and Christchurch in particular, why should pressure not be brought to bear upon the powers that be, so that the necessary facilities be granted to the promoters to enable them to build on the Hagley Park ground, the best and most suitable site for an exhibition such as it is intended to hold ? Of course, it would cost a great deal more to have the building in the Park, but surely it would not be asking too much of the Government to undertake to make considerable concessions, as well as giving monetary help to the promoters in order to reduce their expenses, provided this site was selected. In Sydney, the people’s Domain was chosen, because it was central and enabled visitors to stroll around the lovely grounds. If the building is erected in Cranmer Square, it will be, to most visitors, nothing more than a large shop, and will always have that impression, whereas if it is erected in the Park it will have added to its attraction, at least, some little variety by way of surrounding scenery and breathing ground, which will help to diminish its “ shopping ” character to some extent. We hope that! the City Council will not granj; the use of Cranmer square undtlr any consideration, as it will ;be a dangerous precedent. If Messrs Joubert and Twopenny run the risk of a private speculation for what must be considered as a real benefit to the colony as a whole, they should be supported : in all fairness, and every facility given them, as one of them has said, to prevent their profits being played “ ducks and drakes ” with, but questionable civic rights should be sufficient to deter them from running the risk of having to allow one gratuitous admission for all comers to the Exhibition, which we believe could be demanded if Cranmer square is finally granted.
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The Christchurch Exhibition., Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882
The Christchurch Exhibition. Ashburton Guardian, Volume III, Issue 537, 18 January 1882
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