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Auckland, April 22. The publfo reception of the governor this morning was a great sucaess. A large number of people assembled In Qaeen street at the hoar fixed, 9.30. A platform was ereoted for the speakers, and at the end of Qaeen street an extremely handsome triumphal arch was placed. The platform was adorned with evergreens and flowers, and had a very pretty appearance. It was thronged with leading ottfaena. There was a gaard of honor consisting of 100 Naval Volunteers, < Lleut-Oolonel Di'gnan and Oapt Leroy being m charge; When Governor and Lady Onalow arrived they were attended by Mayor D.rore and Mrs Devore, and as they &f canded the platform the gqard of honor pre;ented armi whilst the band played the Nations) Anthem. Me Devore presented an address on behalf of the olt'zens of Auckland, and also referred to the brightening prospects of the colony. He Bald tha,t the selection of Auokland n.s tha, port of Lord Qnslow'a arrival wan moat appropriate as Auokland was one of the first settled towns m tho colony. Lord Onslow m the conrae of his reply aald : « I feel that lam here m a some! what anomalous position. I have In my pocket a commission from Her Majesty the Queen appointing me io be Governor and Commander m- Chief over the oolony of New Zealand, and its dependencies, yet thtt commisfion does not supersede one appointing Sir Win. Jervoia to be Govejrfaor until sooh time as I have been sworn at the seat of Government. Therefore I accept the addreaa as a tribute of personal regard, rather than as a sign of the loyal welcome whfch I fael sure you all feel towards the representative of Her Majesty, and which I have no doubt I shall experience when T return at a future date when I coma amongst you aa Her Majesty's representative. (Applause.) You may perhaps be surprised tha 1 I should have landed at Auckland rather than at the seat of Government,'but tvhen I was first appointed to the office whloh I have the honor to hold I desired at once to aot In the spirit of a oonatitutlonal Governor. I looked about for advice frcm the colonial representative, and reoeived it from one of the most popular and highly esteemed men In England your Agent-Qenernl, Si* Frances Dillon Bell, who advised me to take the largest ship and to follow the precedent set by that veteran oolonlal Governor, the Marquid of Norraanby. who landed at Auokland on December 3rd, 1874." Ap addreaa was presented on behalf of tho Macyfls by the (Jhlef Paul of Orakel His Excellency briefly replied and said that the Queen had told hi an that she took a greater interest m bee Maori suhieots than almost any other people over whom she ruled. The Governor and party then drove to Government house, where they were reoeived by the Masons, Including Sir F Whitaker. Two addresses were presented by the Maions and a reply by the Governor oono!uded the ceremony. Auobxabd, April 23. The Governor has definitely postponed hla departure till Thursday. Weimngton, April 23, The Premier has been m communication with Lord Onslow regarding his journey to Wellington, and the present arrangement is that the Governor and Lady Oqblow will come overland via the Lakes and Napier, reaching Wellington on May 2nd. Lord Ooslow la very anxious to visit the Lake District, and he ii reported to have a great Idea of : travelling About the leu known parti of the colony oq hQr«9b«ok<

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THE RECEPTION AT AUCKLAND., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889

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THE RECEPTION AT AUCKLAND. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2116, 23 April 1889