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The fortnightly meeting of Exhibition Commissioners was held yesterday afternoon. CEREMONIAL COMMITTEE. The Ceremonial Committee reported that since the foundation ceremony they have practically been unable to do anything for the following reasons(l) The Music Committee have almost complete control of the only hall in which entertainments can be given. (2) The Music Committee have not yet drawn up a programme of the occupation of the hall for musical purposes. (3) The Music Committee apprise the Ceremonial Committee that they will not be prepared to supply entertainments with music, although they make a suggestion how music could be obtained for purposes of such entertainments. (4) The Executive have already disposed of the control of all outdoor amusements such as the Ceremonial Committee might have suggested to a firm of caterers of public amusement. The Committee wished to express a strong opinion that it is advisable to make provision for continuous indoor entertainments of an attractive kind, other than musical entertainments, and they think no better man than Mr Lincoln is likely to be available.—The Executive were requested to confer with the Committee on the subject of the Committee’s recommendation.

THE ANGLO-AUSTRALIAN COLLECTION. The memorandum of agreement entered into between the Anglo-Australian Society of Artists and the official representative of the Exhibition in New South Wales, relative to the terms of the Exhibition of the Anglo-Australian collection of pictures, was read. The conditions of the agreement are :

1. That the New Zealand Exhibition Commission pay expenses of removal from Sydney to New Zealand, and also the expense of sending those pictures remaining unsold at close of Exhibition home to England.

2. The New Zealand Exhibition Commission to pay insurance both at sea and at Exhibition to same amount on those pictures sent to New Zealand as insured for at present date. 3. Insurance on unsold and returned pictures to be continued during passage to England. 4. Pictures may be for sale, 5 per cent, commission to be charged by the New Zealand Exhibition Commission on all sales, and an additional 5 per cent, may also be charged provided the consent of the Anglo-Australian Society in England is first obtained. 5. Those pictures already sold not to be included in general collection unless permission of owners is obtained.

6. The pictures ‘Phryne,’ ‘Miss Dorothy Dene,’ and ‘ The First Whisper of Love ’ to be referred to Sir F. Leighton and Mr G. F. Watts respectively for their decision as to their being exhibited.

7. All pictures to be carefully packed for shipment to New Zealand under the superintendence and in the presence of Messrs Ingram and Espinassc. expense of packing to be borne by the Anglo-Australian Society of Artist'. 8. Etchings not to bo included amongst the collection.

9. Delivery of pictures to be taken in Sydney by the New Zealand Exhibition Commissioners’ official agent not later than the 15th July, 1889. COMMITMENTS. The following commitments were reported and confirmed :—lt was decided to charge a uniform price of L 8 per bay to local committees for all space for which they may apply, leaving the committees to make their own arrangements with the exhibitors ; to authorise the Maori and Early History Committee to engage Mr Hamilton, of Napier, for one month prior to the opening of the Exhibition for the purpose of placing the Maori exhibits; to accept the tender (L 2,593) of Messrs M'Millan and Moffat for the art gallery, provided that the architect can make a suitable adjustment with them for the extras which the Government demand ; to give two bays or equivalent space, free of charge, to the director of the Christchurch Museum for an anthropometrical bureau, upon his undertaking to fit it up ; to authorise the Music Committee to print forms of agreement with the orchestra ; to instruct Mr Brownlie to canvass for Otago exhibits ; to decline the only tender—that of G. H. Marsden for Lls—for the right to strike commemoration and other medals in the Exhibition ; to extend till the 17th inst., at the request of several local committees, the time for receiving applications for space ; not to approve Mr Binn’s plan for showing a quartz mine in operation, the outlay that would be involved being more than the Executive can agree to.

GENERAL MANAGER’S REPORT. Buildings.—With the exception of dining and refreshment rooms, the whole of the buildings originally planned are now in a fair way. The iron indented from England has come into port, so that the annexes will in a few days be roofed in, thus enabling contractors to push on with the internal fittings. Applications for Space.—Up till late yesterday evening the applications for space from local exhibitors were received. They are numerous, and of some importance, the total being upwards of 47,000£t. equal to 258 bays. Many cf the returns of Hrcvincial Committees have, however, yet to be sent in, and a large number of local exhibitors are yet undecided as to the quantity of space they will actually occupy, Owing to the Governments of Victoria and New South Wales having to obtain the sanction of Parliament to tho amount of subsidy to cover the expenses of an official representation, your official agents in Australia are unable to fix the area which will have to be allotted them; but, from information at hand, it may be computed to amount to 80,00Cft in all. Great Britain and the Continent cf Europe, I reckon, will take from 23,000 ft to 30,000 ft, making a grand total of 157,000 ft. Tho total area of buildings now contracted for, exclusive of art galleries and concert hall, is 110,160 ft. It may therefore be necessary to provide fer at least, say, 60,000 ft more. The time for final closing has been extended by the Executive to the 18th inst,, when it will be necessary to decide as to the extension of the annexes, which can be constructed on the block of land south of the gardens. These annexes would form a connecting link in the centre of the grounds, and, I think, be sufficient to afford ample room for the housing of all late local as well as British and foreign exhibits. This addition to the original plan, being walled in at tho north and south ends only, and being of a lighter structure, will not be quite as costly as the side annexes. When this last additiop to the Exhibition buildings is completed, it may be interesting to the shareholders to know that tho total area of the forthcoming Exhibition will be slightly over one-third of that of the Melbourne Centennial. Season Tickets.—The contractor for season tickets, and the photographer who has secured the privilege of preparing the said tickets, will bo ready to commence work on the 15th inst., when I beg to recommend that the season tickets be issued at the rate proposed—viz, L2 2a for gentlemen (adults), LI Is ladies, and 10a 6d for children under twelve years of age. Cablegrams to Australia.—After many vain attempts to open up a daily communication with Australia by means of Press cablegrams, a satisfactory arrangement has at last been made by which messages at Press rates are now being sent bi-weekly to the principal metropolitan daily journals, and through them to all country papers; such messages being restricted to Exhibition matters.

Cheap Fares and Facilities for Travelling.— Steps are being taken to obtain redaction of

railway and steamer fares throughout New Zea’and as well as from the neighboring colonies.

The report was received, and it was decided to adhere to the original determination with regard to the price of season tickets. FINANCIAL. The amount subscribed in shares and guaranteed, to date, is L 15,378, The season tickets list is now open at the Exhibition offices. The prices of the tickets are For gentlemen, L2 2s; for ladies, LI Is; for children under twelve, 10s fid.

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THE NEW ZEALAND EXHIBITION., Issue 7949, 3 July 1889

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THE NEW ZEALAND EXHIBITION. Issue 7949, 3 July 1889

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