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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8012, 14 September 1889
Mr Joubcrt informs us that, should it be deemed necessary, he intends obtaining a number of bath chairs for the use of invalids at the Exhibition. These chairs have been in use at all largo exhibitions, and have proved a boon to those visitors who were unable to walk round the building, Several members of the Invercargill Committee yesterday inspected the site of the bays for which they applied, and pronounced themselves thoroughly satisfied with the position. Surprise is generally expressed by visitors at the size of the building, which is much larger than what they expected it to be.
The Exhibition is now constituted as a bond, and a large number of exhibits are in the building waiting to be unpacked. Tho New South Wales Court will be the first in which operations for the arranging of exhibits will be commenced, Mr Meyers, the Commissioner for that colony, having made arrangements before leaving for Sydney for tho immediate finishing of the court. The copper ingots, etc., have been placed in a small apartment which has been erected for the purpose, and already an artist (Mr T. Hibbel) is at work preparing the signs, designs, etc,, for the ornamentation of the court.
All the bays throughout the building have been numbered, and the manager will shortly be enabled to point out to local exhibitors tho space allotted to them, so that they may commence preparing their courts without delay. The officer in charge has received orders not to admit casual visitors, and to save trouble and annoyance all persons having business to transact at tiie Exhibition must obtain tickets from the secretary. An official has been placed in the vestibule to check and challenge persons asking for admittance. This step has been taken in consequence of the large number of persons who visit tho building; the operations of the workmen being delayed in consequence, while the order prohibiting smoking in the building has not been in every instance obeyed by visitors. The entrances to and from the vestibule and to the fernery will be draped with ruby plush curtains, at the bottom of which will be placed flowering shrubs. The space between tho separate entrances —that is, between the curtains—will not be left bare, for four large mirrors will be placed there, running nearly as high as the curtains themselves. Statues on pedestals will also be' placed around the interior of tho vestibule, which, when completed, will somewhat resemble a richlyfurnished drawing room. Tho fernery has advanced rapidly towards completion, and is now nearly ready to receive the ferns, shrubs, etc., which it is intended to place there. The building will be i well lighted from the roof, while a break in | the side of the structure facing the gardens, and in which have been placed forty square panes of glass, will allow the visitor to’ "obtain a view of the gardens and the rest of the building. On the eastern and western sides of the gardens a verandah will extend the whole length of the open space. Under these seats will be placed, while owners of refreshment stalls will also be allowed to carry on business there. The aquaria, two in number, and containing six compartments each, will be placed south of the first row of crossannexes, and have been partially constructed. The concert hall has been completely covered, and the workmen are now directing their attention to the interior of the building. The art gallery is at present being divided into separate galleries, and the ceiling will be commenced in a few days. One of the galleries is being got ready, so that the pictures, a list of which we have published, which have already arrived, can be hung at once. Portion of the extreme southern annexes wili be devoted to the showing of working dairies, where butter, cheese, and, other dairy produce will be manufactured in view of the visitor.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8012, 14 September 1889
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