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NEW HORSE SALEYARDS., Issue 7952, 6 July 1889
NEW HORSE SALEYARDS.
Messrs Wright, Stephenson, and Co.'g new Dunedin Horce Saleyaid* were opened this morning. The yards ere situated in High street, and extend right through to Maolaggan street in which latter street Indeed the main entrance is situated. An inspection of the premiees will ratisfy anyone that the new yards ara not only an ornament to the City, but are also specially suitable for the business to be transacted therein. The area that has been covered in measures 11,000 square feet, and there is a show parade nearly 200 ft long. The main entrance is, as we have stated, fronting Maolaggin street, and the frontage is bu'lt of pressed brickwork, with quoins of Port Chalmers stone, and plinth, pediment, and cornices of Oamarn stone. The two entrances are 13ft wif'e and proportionately lofty. Access U also provided from High street, at which end there is a natural incline which will come in very handy for trying draught horses on. Tb« roof is of iron, in one spn, and selfsupported, so that there are no poat b to interfere wii hj either horses or men. This arrangement does away with an obvious* source of d»nzer that may be found in many other yards. The roof is covered with corruKatnl iron, with a skylight ranting nearly fhe whole length, audeontar-ing about 1,000 square feet of glass. The whole affair is on a large scale, and the proprietors have spared no expense in fitting the place up properly. Loose-boxes and stalls will be ranged round the back and one side of the building, for the accommodation of the more valuable horses, thus saving them from the risk of kicking each other. There is a separate plaoi for buggies. The auctioneer's box is so plated as not to impede the parade, while at the same time giving the seller a chance to be heard all over the building. The site is in, and general arrangements make, in f ict. just such a place as one would select for a hone parade; and we are told by those who ou?ht to know that the yards are superior to anything of the kind in either Melbourne or Sydney. The opening ceiemony was attended by a large number of people, representing all classes in the community, and His Worship the Mayor presided. Refreshments were supplied in profusion, and several toasts were proposed, all of whioh met with due recognition. The Mayob, in proposing " The health of tba firm of Wright, Stephenson, and Co., and sucoess to the new yards," expressed bis pleasure at being requested to open suoh magnificent yatd*. He thought that owners and buyers of horses, and the general public also, ought to be grateful to the enterprising firm that had provided them with suoh accommodation as the yards afforded. They were very centrally'situated, and within five minutes' walk of the shipping and railway, were open to stock coming to town by all roads, and afforded to pedestrian and vehicle traffic alike free
passage through from Maolaggan street to High Btreet. The citizens and merchants of Dunedin had always been oelebrattcl for the public spirit they showed, in tha w,ty .of erecting splendid buildings, and he thought that all would admit that in the providing of these yards Messrs Wright;, [Stephenson, and Co. had supplied a want that had been long and seriously felt in Dunedin. The building was, forlts purpose, far and away the best public building in Dunedin, and also, he was assured,, far beyond any horse Kaleyards, in the Australasian colonies. The firm deserved the best thanks and the generous support of the public (Loud applause.) flfr J. Siiphbnson, in responding, thanked the company for the kindly expression of their feeling. Ha did not wish to say much about the yards—they could see for themselves what they were like and what accommodation they afforded. He might say that he was about the oldest auctioneer in the horse line that they had among them, haying been in the business for ,thirty,-four years past, and during that time he had not, he beliered, .missed one Saturday's sale. If he waß not there he was simply not happy—that was a I.—(Loud applause.) They would be able to see that there was plenty of room in the yard, and that there was thus little fear of accidents happening to people whom busines took there. He did not expect to be with them always, but he believed that when his day was past his offspring and the youog members of the firm would be found to be able to conduct the business on the old honest and straightforward line that the firm had always followed.—(Applause.) But one thing was certain—there would never be auother "Old Jack."—(Great applause.) Dr Couqhtrey proposed "The Horse Trade," coupling wiih .the toast tha names of Messrs A. Imrie, R. Gawn, S. Young, D. Bacon, and W, H. Taggart. The speaker referred to the advautagrs that New Zealand possessed for breeding a good stamp of horses, and urged that particular attention should be paid to the improvement of the breed of light horses, as the Australian colonies and india offered a splendid market for their stock. Messrs Young and Bacon acknowledged the toast in suitable terms, and each took the opportunity of congratulating the firm on th 9 possession of their new yard.-, and of speaking to the obliging manner in v.lhch they assisted their clients in tiansactiug their business. Mr Johnson proposed the health of the virions contractors who had taken part in the ereotion and layin£-Dff of the yards. The toast was received with applauee, and the proceedings closed with the Mayor's formally declaring the yards open for business.
NEW HORSE SALEYARDS., Issue 7952, 6 July 1889
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