Every day’s work now makes a visible step towards tho completion of the buildings. The interior of the dome is decorated with modelled woodwork and a coat of varnish laid on all round; the gas fittings are being supplied to the avenues—the longer of those avenues, by the way, is 1,125 ft in length; the central annexes are being roofed and floored ; the roofing is on the concert hall, which building will seat 2,500 people without packing them together like herrings in a barrel; the offices are practically finished ; and, indeed, the whole thing is rapidly becoming “ shipshape and Bristol fashion,” as the sailor’s phrase goes. Goods are coming to band for the New South Wales Court, and the offices of the staff that will represent the mother colony are already partly up. Some 1,500 packages have arrived by the Lindus, including a quantity of minerals. Mr Joubert says that he is going to have a special annexe 270 ft long for the Government railway exhibits. This annexe will run from the centre of the cross avenue at the southern end of the building, past the end of the art gallery, to tho New South Wales Court.
The back part of the concert hall floor (the pit) ia to be on an incline. A little door leading off the dining room will conduct to a small covered-in yard, where smokers may enjoy their cigar after meals. There are to be two private dining rooms.
A covered way will be provided from the rear of the concert hall to the supper room. Last night’s gale severely tested the strength of that portion of the annexes not yet finished. No damage was done; indeed the only effect of the wind on the whole building was the breaking of two windows. But Mr Tapper’s hoarding on the opposite side of the street suffered, two chains of it being blown down. The offices that open on to the corridors leading from the dome are being very conveniently fitted up. On the right as one enters there are the rooms reserved for the president, the general manager, the secretary, and others of the staff. On the other side the order is: first a cloak room (furnished with 2,000 pigeon-holes), the Press room, a jury room, and the committee room; and opposite these on the same corridor are a second jury room, the police room, the Customs room, and an apartment in which dutiable goods will bo opened. Mr A. J. Cadman, chairman of the Goldfields and Mines Committee of the House, has addressed to those concerned a circular, the leading paragraph of which reads thus: “ The Goldfields and Mines Committee of the House of Representatives are of opinion that the mining industry of tho colony should be properly represented at the New' Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, and, as this can only be done by the exertions of mine owners, mine managers, and miners, individually and collectively, we desire to ask you to assist us by urging upon those residents of your district who are interested in any sort of mining the necessity of taking steps to have your mines and minerals fairly represented.”
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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
EXHIBITION NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 8008, 10 September 1889
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