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Cool Storage.

The report of the Special Committee on providing cool storage at Lyttekon was read at the lasr meeting of the Lyttelton Harbor Board, and was as follows :—" (1) Your Committee strongly recommend that the Board should make immediate provision m Lyttelton for storage of butter, cheese, fruit, fish, etc. And they further recommend that a Committee be - appointed to take steps m this direction, with power to prepare plans and specifications for approval by the Board, and to advertise for tenders for the work. (2) Your Committee further recommend that it be a suggestion to the members of the Committee that they should endeavour to provide accommodation m the same buildings for the electric light machinery so as to utilise m part the boiler power already belonging to the Board. (3) The Committee defers reporting upon the probable expenditure and annual cost of i working until the general plans shall have been adopted, but they feel sure that the importance of the dairy export trade will fully justify any reasonable expenditure by the Board." Mr E. G. Wright moved the adoption of the report, and said that the Committee had decided to erect a special building for the cool storage to be carried out, and they had thought the best place would be at the foot of the ocean steamers' jetty. As No. 5 shed would come back under the control of the Board, to work it economically would necessitate the laying down of a line of rails through it. The electric light shed would be right m the way when this was done, and the Committee had thought that the most convenient place for it would be at the foot of the steamers' jetty. With the addition of another boiler there would then be sufficient power to drive the electric light, and also to drive the machinery necessary for the refrigerating machinery. When he first went into this matter he had no idea of the very large extent to which the dairy industry had increased latterly, but he proved that this was so from the report of the Local Industries Committee to the House. He would cite the figures quoted m the report, and also the conclusion arrived at by the Committee. The figures, m cwts, of the exports of butter and cheese from 1880 to 1890, were as under :—

The clauses ho had referred to m the report read a>> under:—"Your Committee find that the causes of good butter being spoiled m transit are (a) its being allowed to accumulate m stores after packing, sometimes for weeks; (b) its being exposed to the sun or to a high temperature on wharves and railway platforms, or m sheds and steamers ; (c) the use of faulty packages. The cure for the evils a and b would be to ship the butter as soon as possible after making, taking care to keep it out of the sun and m a low temperature, to reduce railway freights to the lowest level so as to encourage the forwarding of the butter by rail instead of by steamer; to provide refrigerating cars, or, if that oe not practicable, to keep the cars as cool as possible ; to run night trains when found advisable, and to provide cool storage at the port of shipment." The Board would see that m moving the resolution he now did he was only carrying out the recommendations of a Committee which had investigated the matter, and had taken evidence from all parts of the colony. He, therefore, asked them to adopt the report. The course proposed would be. of great benefit to the dairy industry, and he had not heard any person speak against it. Mr Parsons seconded the motion, and stated that the feeling m the North was one of satisfaction that the Board contemplated this step. He had received a letter from the Chairman of the Sefton Dairy Company, expressing the satisfaction felt by the Company at the step about to be taken by the Harbor Board. The fact was now that the butter Buffered deterioration m Lyttelton before its shipment. He further expressed the opinion that the Shipping Companies did not pay sufficient attention to the butter and cheese on the voyage, but confined their attention to frozen mutton. This was proved by the fact that they sent butter to the cool chambers, and also as general cargo, and the two lots brought the same price. Mr Peryman said that the site proposed by the Committee was the freehold of the Board. The motion wa3 then put and carried. Mr Peryman moved—" That Messrs Wright, Turner, Graham, Peryman, and Cunningham be appointed as a Committee m terms of clause 1 of the report." Mr Westenra seconded the motion, which was carried.

880 881 -BS2 ... 883 ... ... 884 885 ... SB6 ... 887 888 889 890 (half-year) nutter. cwt. 2,717 2,406 11,264 8,869 15,70(3 24,923 23,175 17,018 29,95)5 37,955 24,021 Cheese. cwts. 717 3,056 3,533 2,519 10,342 15,245 16,429 23,913 36,083 20,558 26,663

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Cool Storage., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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Cool Storage. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2525, 23 September 1890

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