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The fortnightly meeting of the Exhibition Commissioners was held yesterday afteij noon; present the President (Mr J. Roberts), the Executive Commissioner (Mr K. E.N. Twopeny), Dr Belcher, DrHockem Messrs R. fl. Leary, J. Gow, J. Whito, W. Dawson, J. H. Morrison, W. Carlton, W. M. Hodgkins, T. Brydone, A. Bartleman, B. Hallenstein, T. Brown, and G. M. Thomson.

The President stated that owing to a press of work the Executive had postponed till next meeting the submitting of terms on which tho concert hall might be given for fetes or similar entertainments. Sir Francis Dillon Bell, Agent-General, wrote with roferenco to tho shipment of the pictures, a list of which we published yesterday. He also enclosed a copy of a despatch sent by him to the Colonial Secretary. In this despatch he stated that in the original list of owners who had consented to lend their pictures was included the name of Mr Chevalier as having promised his, but it had been sent to Sydney with others from the Melbourne collection, and did not go back to England, so that if it was wanted an application for it would have to be made to Mr E. L. Montefiore, at the Sydney Art Gallery, in whose charge it is. The freight cost of the collection amounted to LI 93 8s Bd, and it was insured to the extent of L 31,262 10s, the cost of the insurance being L 937 17s 6d.— Received.

Mr VV. Mislop, of the Perpetual Trustees, Estate, and Agency Company, wrote stating that some months ago he brought the claims of the Exhibition before some of the company's Home clients who were interested in New Zealand, with the result that two of them were willing to take up shares. Mr Walter Day would take ten and Mr Samuel 11. Andrews five—The letter was received with thanks.

The President suggested that the names of Forbes (curator, Christchurch Museum) and Cunningham (South Canterbury) be added to the list of Commissioners.— Agreed to. The President submitted a list of those to whom it is intended to issue invitations fcr the opening ceremony. In all, about 1,250 invitations are to be issued. In reply to Dr Hocken, the President stated that it was not intended to invite

those members of committees who had not attended a single meeting. It was agreed that should a member of any committee absent himself in future from three consecutive meetings he would not be entitled to an invitation.

In reply to a question, the President stated that he believed everything would be in order by opening day. The buildings were now being closed in, and by Saturday night it was expected that everything would be done in this way. Tho Now South Wales court was already being fitted up. The report of the general manager (Mr J. Joubert) was as follows: Buildings. —Since I had tho honor to report to your Committee the general work of the buildings has lirogressed with great activity; tho various contractors have used every possiblo diligence, and I am now quite Hatisfied that they will all be up to time. Several alterations and additions have been deemed necessary:—(l) The addition of a galleiy in tho concert hall. (2) An extension to the cross annexe at the further end of the main buildings to accommodate the dairy exhibits. (3) A band pavilion in the centre of the gardenn. (4) A broad verandah, 20f; wide, adjoining the croas annexes, for the housing of engines and other appliances connected with the machinery nection, which it has been decided to place in the annexe runnhig parallel to it, thus avoiding the cost of a separate building as originally intended. (5) A caverod way has also been suggested, connecting tho central cross annexes with the end of the building. This will admit of all the railway plant exhibited by the department being kept together under cover, and also give a covered avenue from one pact of tho building to the other, as well as giving free access to the fine art gallery and dining rooms. Gas and Water.—The laying of gas and water throughout tho buildings is now in fair way. The formrr has been laid through one-half of tho grounds, and the latter, which was let to a contractor this morning, is to be completed within twenty days. Offices. —The offices have been removed into the buildings, and after this week it is intended that the buildings be closed to the public—admission being obtained by card* only, which will be issued at this office.

New South Wales.—The Comrmasionsr for New South Wales has paid a flying visit to Dunedin. At his request some addition has been made to tho space orighially allotted to the mother colony—tho total area now, exclubive of avenue, being 23,140 ft. A gang of men aro at work preparing the New South Wales court, and by last steamer a first shipment of 579 packages hare come to hand. Victoria. - That colony has been allotted 22,140 ft on the spot originally set aside,_ and In compliance with a request from tho president of the Royal Commissioners tenders have been called for certain works to be executed in that court.

BritiHh Pictures.—By last steamer from England forty pickages, containing pictures obtained by the Agent-General iSir F. Dillon Bell, K.O.M G.), hav» come to hand. This very valuablo collection, amounting in tho aggregate to L 31.000, is being temporarily placed in tho Queen's Warehouse.

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EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS., Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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EXHIBITION COMMISSIONERS. Issue 8011, 13 September 1889

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