The curtain has been rung clown, and the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition is a thing of the past. ; In a few days more the exhibits winch have been gathered together from all parts of New Zealand, from the neighboring Colonies, from Great Britain, France, Germany and other countries, will be packed up and returned to the places' whence they were sent, and only sonic portions of 1 .the buildings which sheltered them;, and which are to be devoted to other purposes, will remain to' remind Dunedinites of the great show of the Colony's Jubilee year. But though there is . an; unavoidable feeling of regret at the breaking up of a collection which during the past few months has been so great a source of attraction and of enjoyment there is every reason for congratulation, upon the" wonderful success which- has attended the enterprise, upon the beneficial effects it has already produced, and upon those which are yet certain to follow. The undertaking was a bold one, but it was wisely conceived and ably carried out, and the success which has been achieved is the well-deserved reward of the promoters. It was a plucky thing of the Dunedin people to put their hands in their pockets as they did and provide the substantial sum of £15,000, and the Government did well to pi'opose, and Parliament was wise in granting the vote of £10,000 by which the locally-raised funds, were supplemented out of the general revenue of the colony. We observe that in his speech at the closing ceremony the Minister for Education (Hon. Mr Hislop), did not fail to claim the credit of a farseeing boldness on the part of the Government, but we also notice that he failed to take account of the fact that the House generally is entitled to equal commendation for its wisdom in accepting and giving effect to the proposal. We wish that all special votes of ..the Legislature could be as thoroughly justified. In this case the £10,000 has been a splendid investment, as it has come back to the Colonial chest thrice over in the shape of the enormous increase in the railway revenue directly attributable to the Exhibition, while . also" no inconsiderable addition to the Customs revenue is traceable to the same;cause. And as regards the railway the benefit derived might have been much greater had the Commissioners from the first, ■as they < were literally badgered into doing towards the last, laid themselves* out to develope and encourage traflic. Perhaps not the least of the permanent benefits of the Exhibition will be the triumphant success of the cheap fares system recently adopted in connection therewith, and which may, as it ought, lead to a complete revolution in our railway administration. The benefits to New Zealand itself will not be confined to this however, for undoubtedly Aye have learned by the Exhibition,' that first necessity to success, confidence in oui'selves and our country's resources, and besides this the educative' effect in the direction of the arts and industries will yet be seen very plainly, as the result of the opportunities afforded of comparing our. own ,' products, with those of other countries 'and colonies. But perhaps our chief gain will be from the impression made upon visitors from Australia and the Old World by the exposition of the attractions and capacities of the colony and its people, and we feel confident that in this
! direction ■ alone the outlay incurred I'will be infinitely more than repaid. !N"ot only shall we see a steady increase of the tourist traffic but there will bo directed towards
New Zealand ,a growing stream of persons ready and anxious to settle upon her lands, or to invest money in developing her resources. There has been no hitch or contretemps in the carrying out of the scheme from first to last, and the entire management reflects great credit upon all connected therewith, especially Mr Roberts, Mr Twopeny and M. Joubert. The cordial way in which the sister colonies, especially New South Wales and Victoria', have co-operated deserves grateful recognition, the court of the mother colony of Australasia being indeed;one of the chief features of the Exhibition, and one which was by itself alone well worth going to see. The attendance of the public too' has been very satisfactory, the total admissions mounting up to some ' 625,000, as nearly ,as possible corresponding with the population of the 1 colony, though of course as the same individuals are counted many times the actual number of persons who have at any timerisited the Exhibition, will probably not exceed one fourth of that total—or say perhaps 150,000 souls. But that is a wonderful result, and one upon which the promoters of the Exhibition have every right to congratulate themselves. It is also to be noted with great satisfaction that so far as, we are aware, not one single accident to life or limb has occurred in or about the Exhibition buildings, and it is a matter which speaks volumes for the character of our population that there has not been: one instance of arrest for drunkenness, or disorderly behaviour. Lastly, it is phasing to learn that the more permanent portion of the edifice will be | retained and devoted to the purposes of a Working-men's College and Technological Museum so that this will remain a tangible and visible reminder of the Jubilee Exhibition to testify, in years to come of the energy and enterprise of the colonists of New Zealand in the fiftieth year of her history. ; -
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3407, 22 April 1890
THE EXHIBITION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume xii, Issue 3407, 22 April 1890
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