The following local committea have applied for space in the Exhibition : Invercargill, 14 bays; O.tmaru, G; Westport, 3 ; Greymouth, 3; Vincent County, 2; Hokitika, 3; Maniototo, 2; Tuapeka, 2; Milton, 4or 5 ; Clutha, 1; Lake district (Queenstown), 1. A bay measures 12ft by loft. The local applications for space are coming in fairly well. During the week considerable progress has been made in the construction of the Exhibition building, especially on that portion consisting of and immediately surrounding the grand hall and adjuncts to the main building. The boarding on both sides of the latter has been partly constructed, while the joists and rests for the roofing have also been commenced. The roofing, which is to be of galvanised iron sheeting, has been laid over the building joining the eastern side of the main entrance, while the row of square windows, which it is proposed to run right round the entire building, has been grooved out and glass fitted in, the extent of building thus finished covering some twenty yards or bo. The towers, four in number, which are to surround the main and larger tower, have been built up to their full height, the flanges and raised woodwork for ornamental purposes have been grooved and wedged in, and the towers now simply want covering and fitting in on the interior. The annexes have been extended still further, and, pending other applications for space from country districts, it has been deoided to delay the work in this connection until some definite idea can be formed of the total space required. Tho Exhibition Regatta Committee met last evening for the purpose of arranging » preliminary programme. Communications were received from the Star Boating and Wellington Rowing Clubs and Mr IV. H. Field (bon. secretary New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association) suggesting that the LIOO prize should be awarded to boats of the outrigger class, to be rowed under the New Zealand Amateur Rowing Association's rules; but, after considerable discussion, the Committee decided that, as this class of boat would not bo suitable for our harbor, and no advantage could be gained by Otage clubs becoming affiliated to the Association, as these boats were not in vogue here, it would be inadvisable to award the prize in that direction. A preliminary programme was drawn up, and a sub-committee—con-sisting of Messrs J. B. Thomson, Captain Anderson, J. L. Gillies, Captain Cameron, H. S. Dick, B. Provo, F. W. Platts, and A. D. Sligo-r-was appointed to arrange prizemoney.
An official cable received this morning confirms the news reported in our last issue as to the appointment of a Commission to represent the colony of Victoria at the forthcoming Exhibition. The amount voted for the representation of the sister colony is L 5.000, not L 4.000 as cabled. The secretary and the staff of the office have been bnsily engaged all day taking in entries from Dunedin exhibitors.
A wire from the official agent for the South Sea Islands intimates that the King of Tonga intends to send his Native brass band to enliven the Exhibition. This band has a good reputation, and consists of fifteen performers under a European leader. At yesterday's meeting of the Mosgiel Committee it was reported that Ll6 odd had been collected in the borough, and that LlO would probably be gathered in West Taieri. Comment was made on the lack of interest displayed in other parts of the county, and it was decided to inquire from Mr Joubert if the bays already applied for by exhibitors resident in the county would be contiguous to the bays applied for by the Committee.
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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 7946, 29 June 1889
EXHIBITION NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 7946, 29 June 1889
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