EARL GREY'S PROPOSAL
1 ■ \ r (Per Press Association.)
\ DUNEDIN, March 2. In the course of an interview tonight Earl Grey , who has arrived from the Bluff, made the following statement regarding the Dominion House;— " The suggestion I have put forward; for the acqtiisition of a most centrallysituated site in London for the.erection of a block of buildings for housing the overseas representatives has been . received with unanimous enthusiasm^ by the Press, not only in the United Kingdom, but in the self-governing Dominions. There is.no part of the Empire in which the idea has been more warmly received than it has been by the Press of New Zealand. It rests with the self-governing States, such as Australia, New Zealand, and Canada, whether a block of Imperial buildings shall be erected in the centre of London which will impress not only the Londoner but the whole Avorld with the greatness of the overseas. ■ Dominions. The building ought to be the finest; in London, and rising above Somerset House will be visible by day over the greater part of London. If the pro-i posal to erect, a tower which'will .rise like a lighthouse of the Empire from the centre of the three acres of _the Dominion Buildings should be realised, and if the tower is higher than the top of St. Paul's, the beacon from its summit will be visible by night from every house in London. Just think what that means, bringing new hope and encouragement to every British heart, and making every New Zea- ' lander,- Australian; Ganadian, and Briton realise that -the- finest building in London belongs to him. Plans have been made by way of suggestion which show that it will be possible to have in the centre of Dominion House a hall larger than Westminster Hall, twice as long and twice as wide, and in this hall will be on view, if the Dominions like to take advantage of the opportunity, exhibits of their produce. At the present time no one knows where to go to buy Dominion produce, but as. it is the desire of every Briton who is worthy of his blood to give preference to the produce of his kinsmen over the seas, you will realise what a,n advantage it will be to your growers when the arrangements to which I have referred are made for focussing the attention of the people of England • on what your Dominion produces. Everyone will know Dominion House, and while at present no British householder knows where to obtain Dominion fruit, 1 when this plan is carried into effect ! every householder will be able to .gratify bis desire."
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DOMINION HOUSE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914
DOMINION HOUSE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8808, 3 March 1914
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