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Txb proposal which h»B been so ably sketched out by Mr Twopeny — - whose experience m Exhibitions renders him an admirably qualified adviser — for the holding of an intercolonial, and, m Borne respects, an international Exhibition at Dunedin, has been taken up with an enthusiasm and practical businesslike energy by the people of that city which do them infinite credit, and which augur well for the success of the enter* prise. Already more than the amount of the Guarantee Fund originally asked for (£10,000) has been subscribed, and its increase to the sum of £15,000 appears to be a certainty. The Government, whose assistance has been invoked, have responded with pleasing cordiality, and from an advertisement which appears m the Ghristchurch papcrß we learn that » memorandum of agreement has been drawn up as between the Executive Commissioners for the New Zealand Exhibition of 1889-90 and the Government of the colony, m which the latter undertake, to give the Exhibition their countenance and assistance m the following ways : — (1) By officially recognising the Exhibition as being held m celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the foundation oi the colony, and m order to illustrate the development of New Zealand's resources and the proI gress of its industry during the first fifty years of its settlement. (2) Writing to the Agent General to request him to write to the owners of the pictures now on exhibition m the British galleries m Melbourne (both those m the national loan collections and those exhibited for sale by private artists), requesting them to allow their pictures to be exhibited at Danedin from November, 1889, to April, 1890, and undertaking the cost of their carriage from Melbourne to Dunedin, and Btorage from their arrival m Dunedin until their departure, as well as to insure tjbem against all risks during their journey, and fire risks whilst m Dunedin, but not against theft or other destruction, against which, however, all possible precaution will be taken. (3) Writing to the other Colonial Governments, including India, Canada (which is likely to be induced to exhibit m view of the Pacific mail service and cable scheme), and the French and German Colonies m the Pacific— the former of which will have collections m Paris which need only to be transhipped —and also to their Governments m Europe and Consulates m New Zealand, stating that this Exhibition is being held to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the colony and requesting their official co-operation m the enterprise, with particular mention of the advantages likely to result from the increase of commercial relations consequent upon their exhibiting m New Zealand at a time when the colony has entered upon a new period of progress. (4) Instructing the New Zealand Commissioner at Melbourne to personally approach the Australian Ministers and Commissioners, as well as the individual exhibitors now m Melbourne, on behalf of this Exhibition, and generally to act m our interests and ftg our representatives. (5) To undertake the expepses connected with gathering together the Early History, Maori, Tourist and Scientific exhibits m the Tourists' Court, as well as to make official representations \p the Commissioner of the South Pacific and the native potentates, and generally use their influence to assist the private efforts to bo made by the Shipping Companies and others towards seoaring « representative South Sea exhibit, appointing some competent person to take charge of these departments. The Government to invite a few native potentates to visit the Exhibition m their representative capacity; so as to give a political aspect to the South Sea exhibit (6) To erect a temporary building to form the front and main entrance of the Exhibition, with some architectural adornment, to hold the natural collection (i.e.. scientific, Maori, early history, South Seas, educational), and the galleries of works of art ; for which the Exhibition authorities cannot, of course, charge payment for space. If the Government carry out all this loyally and heartily— and there i| no reason to doubt it— then they will well and handsomely perform their part, and it will rest with the people of the colony to do theirs, and to insure, as they, easily may do* the complete success*of the project. We hope that all our manufacturers, and all our producers m every part of the colony will see to it that there is a worthy representation of every branch of industry and of every product of the soil, and if only all work together cordially with a view to make the Exhibition fairly and fully representative of the capabilities and resources of New Zealand there is no fear but that we shall have a Show of which we may ourselves be proud, and which will be a magnificent advisement for the colony Ito all the world. That it will pay handI Bornely to do this admits of no question, for the better New Zealand is known m the more attractive colors she will appear, and froflj the Exhibition of next year will follow the investment of outside capital m colonial lands and enterprises and the direction towards our shores of an immigration of a sort which will be like the pouring m of now and vigorous blood. It is heartily to be looped, therefore, that not only the other large cities, but all the centres of population will unite m the effort to get up a Jubilee Exhibition worthy of our pact, oui present, and our future, one which will not only demonstrate the achievements of the first fifty years of colonisation, but will be a Un4-mark from which tc date the commencement of a new period of prosperity and progress.

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NEW ZEALAND EXHIBITION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2020, 22 December 1888

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NEW ZEALAND EXHIBITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2020, 22 December 1888