THE JUBILEE EXHIBITION.
— . « A meeting of those interested Id the representation of - th»s district at the N. Z Jubilee Exhibition w»s held at the Borough Council Chambers last evening. There were about twenty gentleman pre neat, and the Mayor occupied the chair. Mr R. E, H. Twopeny, the Executive Onmmleoioner of the Exhibition, aDd Mr J. J. Klns9y. the Secretary of the Ohriatohnroh Oommittfia were present. Tha photographic viewa of harvest eoenea and of pioturefque spots within the county were shown at the roee'iug and were generally admired. In all there a?a about fifty views, and good jadgment appears to have been shown In tne eeleo tlon of these. The photographs were taken by Mr Liwrence, who haß performed Ms work in excellent style. The Mayor explained that the maet'ng had been called to hear an exposition from Mr Twopeny of the objects of the Exhibition. Mr Twopeny expressed his pleasure atj the interest which wao being taken in the Exhibition by the local committee. It was essential to its sucoas that ft should be a colonial affair, and havo the support of the whole of the oolony, and in this the promoters had, so far, succeeded beyond their expectations, One intention in holding the Exhibition was that it should be a jubilee celebration. There was no batter way of oelebratlDg the jabllea of the colony than by holding an Exhibition, which was the meaan of showing what had baea already accomplished, and what might be aoaleved in tho future. The oolony was at present suffering from a bad reputation, and the feeling was general that the one thlug needed to pull it round was to restore ooufideaoa. When he was in Australia he was surprised at che nam ber of people who believed that New Z >a land was '' pUyed out." No better means oiuld be desired for removing these false impressions than by holding an Exhibition such as that proposed. He never attempted to conceal from the people of Australia that we, In New Zealand, had passed through bard times, but he had pointed out to them that while they were living in the same way as we lived ten years ago, we had tonohed bottom and things were mending, and that our resources and openings for industry and settlement were superior to those of the other celonias of the group. One section of the Exhibition would be devoted to the display of the resources and productions of the different diatrlots of the colony, and it waa contemplated to arrange these collections of exhibits in order aooordlng to the geographical position of the several dls'tloß, thus enabling visitors without trouble to aaoertalo where each artiole was produced. Another feature would be a tourist ageaoy, which would enable visitors to travel throughout the country and see for themselves what its resoaroes were like. They had been told that people would not oome from Australia to Bee the Exhibition, but he felt certain » great many would come over, and It lay with tbo paop'e of this oolony to attraot a very large number. Arrangements had been made with the Union Company to run a speoial steamer between Melbourne and New Zealand for the convenience of visitors. People were mistaken In supposing that the Melbourne Exhibition was the beßt ever held. He believed that that to be held here would attraot quite as m»ny people from England and that it would be. a muoh better Exhibition. Toe matter of sf»3 went for nothing. It was hoped to make the Dunedln Exhibition muoh more Interesting and novel than the Melbourne one, and that was the reason for adding suoh departments as those of the South Bea 'elands and the representation of Maori lif •.» and customs. In tha same way there Would be an aqaurium, and a man in attendance t^ give full information. They were offering inducement for the Exhibition of processes of mamfaoture bo that there would be plenty of life and movement, thui rendering this Exhibition a contrast in this respeot to most of those that had been previously held. It had been aaid when the affair was first promoted thit European mauufaolurera would not exhibit, but the Gomtn'ssionera could get more than there wa« room for. and already the great difficulty was restrict ing all except the most interesting, The Exhibition would be three or four times the siz) of that hold in Christohurch in 1882 und he could safely say that the display of New Zealand products and minufeotures would be tha best ever yet feon. The Commieaionerß were doing all they could to got a really good collection of pictures. Mr Twopeny spoke at some length pointiog out the influence euoh an Exhibition would have in stimulating j manufacturing enterprise, aud showed the advantage there was in holding it when times were improving. An Exhibition was an advertisement, and the best time to advertise was whan the marker, was expanding. We hud now reached tha turn of the tide, when there was the beat opening for enterprise in every direction, and the present was the time for an ad vertisement in the sh,ape of the Exhibition. Mr Twopeny next gave particulars of the building and other expenditure. The buildings were to cost £30,C00 and the total expenditure would probably be between £40,000 and £50,000. The citizens of Dunedin bad subscribed £15,000 which had been supplemented by Government by a grant of £10,000. It was expeoted the takings would be £20,000 to £25,000. There was no intention of making the Exhibition return j a profit, but oare would, be taken that they did not oqtruu the constable. He next referred to the oharge for space This would be od6 guinea for the first ten eqaare feet, and Is for every additional foot. Special arrangements were being made for the display of agricultural products, etc., by counties, which would have bays allotted them. It was not settled yet whether there bays werfr to be 12 feet by 20 feet or 12 feet by 15 feet. If the former the charge would be £12 ;if the latter £8. The reason for this was that while a manufacturer exhibited for.bis own interest aud therefore should have to pay for the privilege, the farmer had no Individual interest to serve, his interests being those of the community, and It bad heen felt that the coat of exhibiting bis products should be defrayed by the oounty, Alluiion was made to the
importance of giving visitors an accurate conception of the oolony's staple industry agriculture, and he attached great importance to the benefit to be derived from photographs of harvest fields, etc. Many visitors would be lnolloed to doubt any statement of our largo yield* of grain, but ft photograph was ooular demonstra- j <iou and could not be gainsaid. In con • J
elusion, Mr Twopeny expressed the gratification he felt at tbe support the project was reoeivtag from all parts of Ne w2! jaland . In tbe past there had been too muoh looal jealousy, but there were now signs that th^t feeling was dying out, and that people were desirous of oonsolitbe colony, An apology for absence was here read I from Mr W. 0. Wo\ker, M.H.H. Mr 1 Grlgg also wrote stating that bis son wao preparing en exhibit of selected heads of wheat.- Be expacted, however, that this district, would be beaten by Omaru. — The Mayov pxp..'t:ci bis gratification that Mr '3'i J;'" t^eat latter was very different to a brtmr one. They might expect Mr Grid's full 00-operatlon. Mr Kioßty, tho Secretary of the Ohrlstchuroh Oi ininlttes, addressed tho meeting detailing what had been already done. In regard to what Mc Twopeny had said concerning the products of the counties being exhibited in a series of b-ys, he (Mr Kinsey) thought the idea generally held was. that oaou province should have a o.ua to itself and compete against the others in a friendly way, As to the niMographa be thought a ducilnUon,
should ba given with each and oign< # by the farmer. This would be oonvlnciuK to vislors, They could aff;ri to ba careful aa theft yields had been xuoh that they could be proad of. The Mayor expressed himself in favor of representation by provinces As there bad been some talk about yields of forty bushels to tbo acre, he might tell them Ihit he bad this year bought wheat which went 72 bushels to tho aore. Mr 0. W. ParneU thought they should know whether the representation was to be by counties rr province*, fla thought that a court should ba set apart for eaoh proviuoa aad subdivided for the oounties. He d!d not think there would have been ao maoh interest taken here had it not been for the supposition thit all the Ashburton exhibits would be together. Mr Twopeny said the intention was to allot a court to each provlnoe which would be apportioned for districts as required. It was intended to divide the Otago oourfc into four parts. As regarded Canterbury the matter was one foe the different committees themaalves to arrange, Mojor Steward said that the Mayor had a short time ago mentioned a large yield, bat tHe statemout was received* with a titter of incredulity, tlthough this wai Dot the first time suoh -% yield, or even s Urger had been heard of in New Zealand. Ha would suggest that the Committee should obtaia verified returns from the threshing maohlne proprietors of the quantity of grain threshed and also the acreage f rom whloh It was taken. This won d afe j set at rest the doubts which had been raised in some quarters aa to the" acouraoy of the agricultural statistic*. He would also like to ask Mr Twopeny whether any arrangements had been made with Government or the Railway Commissioners to induce visitors to travel about the country. He thought arrangements might be m*de by which the steamship companies when issuing their tickets might inolude a pass allowing the holder to travel over all the railways of th* colony for a fixed period, the liailway Department to reonva a fixed proportion of the passage money as a quid pro fuo. '■■■ Me Twopeny eaid the matter was under consideration, and the Railway Oommisaionere gave every indication of wishing to meet the promoters of the Exhibition m a reasonable spirit. Mr Jenkins aaked if any effort was bemg made to properly represent the mineral wealth of tha colony. If they ojuld^ attract the necessary foreign capital and engineering skill to develop their mines there would be room for bo muoh Jabor that farmers would not have to look to Sydney for 4s 6d a bush«l for their wheat ; they would get it here f Mv Twopeny said that therejwas a Mines Comiitee which was collecting exhibits from the whole of the oolony, : Th& various local Committees would also be expected to asalst. The Mayor moved a vote of thanks to Mr Twopeny for his address. Mr Purnell seconded. If the people of this district worked together they would be able to make a very Interesting dliplay. The ohlef Ite-a. would of oddrse be agricultural products, but there were also coal and stone, aad they might also tend a few Lake Heron trorjt, the sag of whlob. wauld he thought, astonish the Australians. He thought *l*o that some steps should bejtaken to give a representation of their water raoe system. Mr Twopeny brUl/ returned thanks and the meeting eonoluded with the usualcompliment to the Qhair.
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THE JUBILEE EXHIBITION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 3 April 1889
THE JUBILEE EXHIBITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2101, 3 April 1889
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