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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8018, 21 September 1889
The whole of the bay 3 that have been applied for, except in casea where exhibitors require only portion of a bay, have now been allotted, and exhibitors can take possession on Monday, Up to the present the following members of Parliament have written accepting tho invitation to be present at the cin-moiiial opening: —Horn. R, Campbell, R J. Vilh-r, G, M-L-.::.!i.\V. H. Kov'iloirU.S K >:.■;• ,Md, iu;-I L W.-.V..-::; ?.U..C..;; M ,:mM A. ■!, Co.dnuiu ('.,Woui.'.n,L'.,'). Janvier ('i.;:im':;]), i). Goldii'(Auckland West), I<\ J. Mum !F«i'null), R. Thompson Olorsden), J). H. :>..v«arthur (Manawatu),Dr Newman (Thorndou), E, W. Humphreys (Christchurch North), J. Joyce (Lyttelton), J. D. Lance (Cheviot), A. Loughrey (Linwood), A. J. M'Gregor (Akaroa), R. Turnbull (Tirnaru), J. Allen (Dunedin East), W. Barron (Caversham), Hon. E. Mitchelson (Eden), J. G. Ward (Awarua), J. Mills (Port Chalmers), J. C. Brown (Tuapeka), Dr Fitehett (Dunedin Central), J. Fulton (Taieri), T. Mackenzie (Clutha), Hon. T. Fergus (Queenstown), V. Pyke (Dunstan), Parata (Southern Maori), and W. D. Stewart (Dunedin West). The Mayors of Invercargill, Ashburton, Blenheim, Palmerston South, Maori Hill, Dunedin, Mosgiel, Gore, and Sydenham have signified their intention of putting in an appearance; as also tho chairmen of the Waikousiti and Tuapeka County Councils. One of the most interesting sections of the Exhibition—that devoted to home industries—was dealt with this morning by those entrusted with the allocation of space. Twelve bays have been set aside at the western entrance of the cross annexe where the educational, natural history, and fisheries exhibits are to be placed. The home industries being of a highly educational nature, the most suitable spot has been selected for this purpose. The work of renovating the Grand Pacific Hotel is progressing most favorably : while a thoroughly loyal spirit is being evinced by our citizens with a view to making the viceregal residence attractive. Messrs Scoular and Chisholra have undertaken the furnishing, and to-day a notification was reoeived from the Dresden Company offering the free use of one of their grand pianofortes during His Excellenoy's stay.
THE OPENING CEREMONY,
A meeting of delegates of friendly and trade societies and fire brigades was held at the Garrison Hall last night for the purpose of conferring with asub-committee appointed to arrange for the procession on the occasion of the opening of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. Dr Belcher presided, and there were between thirty and forty persons present. The Chathman said the first thing to asoertain was the amount of support the societies were prepared to give the sub-com-mittee in the matter of arranging for a procession at the opening of the Exhibition. Prom the attendance there that night he gathered that the Bupport they were likely to give would be both strenuous and complete. Then the next thing to ascertain was what form was the support likely to take, while marshals would have to be elected and other details gone into. The Commissioners woidd appoint four marshals, who would be responsible for the whole procession from beginning to end, but they would like tho societies to appoint their own marshals to undertake the supervision and arrangement of the details of the prooession. With regard to the financial part of the matter, tho Commission would expect the societies to pay their own expenses for tha actual management of the details of the procession so far as they were represented in the procession ; but all expenses of printing, etc., would be borne by the Commission. It was under consideration to offer a special prize for the best display made by any society. He fancied that there would be a considerable number of socioties other than those of Dunedin represented in the procession. The Commission had had communications from Christchurch and Lyttelton which seemed to show that thoy might ojepect a large accession of visitors from both those places. At Lyttelton they had already made preparations for the affair. What was to be the character of the prize, what the value of it, and how the umpires would be elected—that had all yet to be settled. It would, however, be left very largely in the hands of the societies themselves to appoint the urnpiros in order to get gentlemen to act who would be generally acceptable. In answer to a question with regard to the representatives of fire brigades in the procession, the Chairman said he would suggest that strenuous efforts bo made to get representatives from every brigade in the colony. He thought there would be no difficulty whatever in getting representatives from every brigade between Invercargill and Christchurch. Some 1,200 men were wanted for the procession. A delegate of the Typographical Association pointed out that a great many in the trade which he represented were members of friendly societies; and it was therefore probable, if many of tho craft went with the friendly societies, that the trade would not be represented in the procession. The same thing would no doubt apply to other trades. A representative of a friendly society said it was not compulsory upon members of such a society to go into a procession; so that those who preferred could go with the trade to which they belonged. The Chairman said that the question as to whether a man went as a member of a friendly or trade society could be settled at another time by tho various societies. This was only a preliminary meeting to make arrangements for thp appointment of delegates to act with a sub-.committee of the Ceremonial Committee as regards tho opening ceremony, Mr Woodland moved "That each society and trade union appoint two delegates, to act with a sub-committee of the Ceremonial Committee, for the purpose of making arrangements for tho opening ceremony in connection with the Exhibition." This was duly seconded and carried. It was also resolved that the delegates who might be appointed should meet in the same place on the night of October 11. Mr Moss said it was generally understood that the admission to the Exhibition on the opening day would be 10s 6d, and he suggested that a proposition should be laid before the Commissioners that members of friendly societies bo admitted at a reasonable charge. The Chairman said he had no authority for stating so, but to the best of his belief the admission to the Exhibition on the opening day would be only Is to everybody, but that a charge of 10s 6d would be made to those who gained admittance to the concert hall, where the opening ceremony would take place,
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8018, 21 September 1889
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