The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1888. NEW ZEALAND AT MELBOURNE EXHIBITION.
Very contradictory reports have from time to time appeared as to the figure New Zealand presents at the Melbourne Exibition. It appeurs to be conceded on all hands that the representation given of our grain and wool is all that could be. desired but the weight of testimony indicates that the mineral productions and resources of the Colony are very inadequately set fortb. Perhaps however, we should write m the past and not the present tense, for on the fact becoming known efforts were at once put forth m various quarters to supply the deficiency and we are glad to observe that this has now to a large extent been accomplished. The Melbourne correspondent of an exchange writes: — "Owing to the complaints that were sometime ago made concerning the exhibits of minerals m the New Zealand Court at the Exhibition, a largo quantity of quartz taken from about fifty different mines, chiefly m the Nerth Island, was recently Bpnt to Melbourne by the Government. Mr T. Fergus, the Minister of Justice and Defence, and Mr J». Gordon, Inspecting Engineer of the Mining Department, were appointed to assist Bir J. Hector m making arrangements for its effective display. There was no space available for it m the mineral section, but a large arch is now being contracted on the frontage to the Grand Avenue of Nations, with panels which are to bo inlaid with the quartz. The arch rises to a height pf about 30ft. Some of the panels are as high as 26ft, and although the structure will form a striking trophy, it will not carry much information to the mineralogist. One of Mr Fergus* duties m Melbourne tt»b to report on the mineral exhibits. He is of opinion that the complaints made were premature, inasmuch as at the time the whole of the exhibits had not been displayed." It is ,a great pity that a thoroughly worthy representation of New Zealand's mineral resources was not secured at the outset, but " better late than never." i
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The Ashburton Guardian. Magna est Veritas et Prævalebit. THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1888. NEW ZEALAND AT MELBOURNE EXHIBITION.,
Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 1885, 1 November 1888