A public meeting, convened by the' Mayor, was held at the Borough Oouaotl Chambers last evening to ooasider the best meuns of leoariog the thorough representation of this district at the Now Zealand Exhibition to be held at Danedln. There were about a dozsn gentlemen present, and the Mayor oooapled the chair. The Mayor read a letter which he had reoelved from the Ghristohuroh Committee. From this It appeared that a oust of £1500 to £2000 would be entailed m securing the representation of Canterbury. The Mayor stated that he deemed it-right that the matter as far as it affeoted this district should be dealt with by a pablio maotlng. This district *as a most Important one, and steps should be taken to have it thoroughly represented. ", Mr Purnell askod if it was proposed simply to collect subscriptions to be dtobarsed by the Ohristohnroh Committee, or to form an independent oommlttee here. The Mayor presumed an independent ommlttee would be appointed to take all neoesiary steps. The Mayor read a letter from the Hampatead Town Board stating that though they had no power to vote any of their funds, the members would give the projot their personal support. A letter was alio read from Mf Grlgg m reply to one from the Mayor stttlag that he was sorry he would h*ve to decline to do anything In connection with the matter.. Ho lo ked upon the whole prpjeot ai absolute folly. What was really wanted was a good and attractive display of the productions of the aolony, photographs of its scenery and true descriptions of its resources and ollmate, to be exhibited among a migrating people, who' would bo like'y to become good and useful settlers. He maintained th«t no one would be induced to oome to New Zealand to sea snob, a petty show, after an exhibition like that of Melbourne. Mr Purnell said that at this stage it was diffioult to know what to do. He did not agree with Mr Grigg's remarks. No doubt exhibitions were overdone, and it was unfortunate the present one followed that of Melbourne bo closely. However, the Dunedln people had gone into the .matter with great spirit, and money hsd been subscribed freely. It was definitely settled that the Exhibition would be held, and it was advisable that the county shoald be well represented. Toe meeting was a small one, but this he attributed to insufficient publicity, and said It was no indication of publlo feeling. As far as the Ohristohuroh Committee was oonoerned, there was no chance of that body getting any funds from here for disburse* ment by It, and he thought that if anything was to be done It would have to be done locally, H» thought the best thing to be done that night would be to appoint a small OommltUa to see what peonniary support Could be obtained, and defer the appointment of a permanent Oommlttee till this Information had been gained. Mr Grlgg msde a disparaging contrast between the proposed Exhibition and that lately held m Melbourne. Now, if the Exhibition at Dunedln were oarrled out on tbe lines contemplated, it would be much; more interesting than the Melbourne one. Si'za went for nothing. The Melbourne Exhibition was muoh larger than that of Glasgow, yet he had been Informed by a gentleman who had seen both that the latter was muoh more interesting. He moved that a Oommlttee be appointed to make enquiries In the town and county, as to the probable support which would be aooorded to the proposed Exhibition, and to report to a future meet log," Mr G. Andrews seconded the motion, Mr W. C. Walker apologised for the abaenoe of tbe other members of the County Council, Harvest being m full swing they could not get away, and their absence w*s not to be taken as an indtoation of any lukewarm feeling. Perhaps under the olroumataqoen the course pro* posed by Mr Purnell was the wisest that oould he adopted. He would like to point out that one of the most attractive features we oould snpply would be photographs of some of our best crops, and as these crops were being rapidly harvested the photographs would bave to be taken quickly. The Mayor said that be had Intended on his own, responsibility to send out a man on tha following morning to photograph some orops. On the suggestion of Mr Walker, Mr Purnell amended his motion so as to give the Committee power to take suoh notion as they might think neoessary, this addition being made m order to give the Committee anthority to bave photographs taken The M»For v»ss sure that if the County were well canvassed a wonderful show m grain oould be made, and one that would surprise the public. There were many other things, too, In which this district oould make a fin* display. He bad no.donbj: the farmers would take the matte? up, and did not think because Mr Gtlgg stood back others would also do so Mi Purnell's motion was then pat to the meeting and oarrled unanimously. A Oommlttee was appointed as follows j The Mayor and Messrs W. O, Walker, O. J. Barper, E. G, Wright, E. S. Ooster, H.. Friqdlauder, H. Ztnder, [. Osrj A. Or*, P. Fawoett, G. Andrews, Joseph Olark, D H. Brown, D. McLean, to Browo, G. W. Leadley. M. Bruce I". Qunne, W. B. Denshire, F. Ferrlman, 0. W. Purnell, J. G. Restell, B, Mo' Owen, R. Friedlander, D. Williamion. 0. G. Hawdon, T. Scaly, The Mayor., Messrs Purnell and Zander wqto authorised to negotiate with Mr Lawrenoe m regard to photographing some crops. It was deolded that the next meeting should he held on Monday, February 25th, the Oommlttee to report to that meeting. Mr Blsset volunteered to asiist the lhalrman In doing the clerical work for the time being, and his offer was sooeated ; with thanks. * * should be obtained from the threshing SSS 16 $W latoM Mlo the number o? bushels that passed through their msohines, an! the, acreage from whloh the gr«ln wa« taken. Various other suggestions were made. 85th! meeti ° 8 id j oat «Wd, *M.l Fibrawy
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DUNEDIN EXHIBITION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2061, 12 February 1889
DUNEDIN EXHIBITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2061, 12 February 1889
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