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EXHIBITION NOTES.

The Commissioners yesterday received a cable message from the Premier of South Australia asking if it was too late to secure space for a representative collection of South Australian wines. A reply has been sent intimating that space can bo found for the exhibits.

The Exhibition Aquatic Carnival promises to be a very successful affair. Most of the prominent scullers and yacht owners of New Zealand have announced their intention of competing for the various events; while Auckland yachting men manifest considerable interest in the meeting.

INTERVIEW WITH THE NEW SOUTH WALES COMMISSIONER.

Mr Oscar Meyer, Exhibition Commissioner of New South Wales, arrived to-day by the Wairarapa, and a representative of this paper, in the course of a few minutes’ conversation with him, obtained some par-

ticulars of the manner in which the sister colony will be represented at the forthcoming Exhibition, Mr Meyer said: The New South Wales exhibits would comfortably fill the space colony. The principal exhibits will be the minerals and timber of the colony, although the other branches of manufacture and colonial industry will also find a place in the court. The authorities of the Technical College have announced their intention of having something to say too, and I have not the slightest doubt but that an extremely good show will be made. Ido not intend to assist individual enterprise, as my duty is simply to represent the colony as a whole as a commissioner, and only countenance those undertakings that emanate from the Government. It is my intention to endeavor to show the people of New Zealand the resources of the colony, and I have not the slightest doubt but that, backed up os I am by a liberal Government and a number of splendid exhibits, I shall succeed. The Government have made a departure which they think will prove of advantage to them. In this way : Instead of appointing a commission they have appointed a commissioner. I myself recognise that a commission is an extremely useful thing to have connected with any undertaking, but it necessarily entails a large expenditure, which the New South Wales Government are endeavoring to do without. You see the number of commismissioners appointed originally gradually increase until the number is far in excess of alllegitimate requirements. This is the result of pressure being brought to bear on the Government or the first elected members of the Commission, A limited number of commissioners are an advantage in some instances, but when the nuppber is increased persistently until there are hundreds and more the thing becomes too, much of a good thing. Take, for instance, the case of the last Melbourne Exhibition. Forty commissioners were originally appointed, but through pressure, or for a reason that was never made apparent or public, the number was gradually increased by additions to and formation of committees to nearly 300. When a liberal Government backs up a concern like an Exhibition there is generally a great deal of useless expenditure caused by the action of some of these Commissioners, and my Government recognise that such is the case, and by appointing a person who has had some experience, prevents any useless expenditure being made, while securing just as good a display as if a number of commissioners had worked the affair up. What amount of interest is manifested in yoqr colony in the Dunedin Exhibition ? Well, you see, the Exhibition is to us rather a premature one, because wo have not yet finished with the Exhibition. There are yet a number of officials engaged

in completing arrangements, removing exhibits, etc., but yet I think that there is a large amount of interest manifested in New South Wales in your Exhibition. New South Wales does not forget that New Zealand was properly and efficiently represented in the Sydney Exposition of 1879, and for that reason, and also because they wish to show that the r e is every reason for confidence in the resources of their colony, the Government have decided to vote a considerable sum to ensure the proper representation of New South Wales at the New Zealand Exhibition, You have visited the Exhibition Buildings, I believe ? Yes._ What is your opinion of the structure, then, Mr Meyer ’—Well, in the building there is every sign that a practical and thoroughly-competent man has been placed at the head of affairs ; and anyone who has had any experience in exhibitions will detect at once that a business-like man is at the head of the general management. You see, although a government may vote a large amount of money for the furthering of any exhibition, the general manager must not neglect matters, because he has his own interests at stake. I 1 readily recognise that the building is not such a handsome one as would doubtless be erected Government a large surplus at their back, but then, as I have said, there is necessarily a tendency to expend money recklessly and very often uselessly, I don’t think there

will be much waste—l am sure there will be no reckless expenditure—in connection with your Exhibition, and I am positive that it will possess the same attractive powers that have been possessed by largerexhibitions in larger colonies. I have inspected the space allotted tc New South Wales, and was fairly well satisfied ; but upon my remarking that several alterations would improve the aspect of the court, your president—a most capable and business-like gentleman in every respect kindly agreed to adopt my suggestions. The object of my visit here is to take possession of the New South Wales quarters. I intend leaving next Thursday, and upon my return to Sydney shall report to the Government re my visit and also make final arrangements. I shall explain to the Government all 1 have seen, and whatever reliable information I can obtain, and shall return in October with a number of assistants, among whom will be several officers of the Mines Department. In reply to further questions, Mr Meyer said he was of opinion that a large number of visitors would leave New South Wales for New Zealand during Exhibition time. He was not certain whether Lord Carrington would pay Dunedin a visit, nor was he sure whether many members of the House of Assembly would attend, but he hoped that when he returned to Sydney the favorable impressions ho had already received here and which would be communicated to the Government would awaken considerably more interest in the Exhibition than had hitherto been manifested. He intended to do his best to get his court ready by the opening day, and as he intended working his hardest to have his court in working order, with the assistance of those under him he hoped to have his “ little exhibition ” completed by November 26.

Mr Meyer has had a lengthy experience in exhibitions, having taken an active part in several Italian Exhibitions, etc., from 1878 to the present year, when he officially represented New South Wales at the Melbourne Exhibition. In 1881 he was sent by the Government of New South Wales to the Italian International Congress, which was held at Venice, and has seen most of the exhibitions of importance which have been held.

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8002, 3 September 1889

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