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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8022, 26 September 1889
" Old Identity *’ writes as follows :—"The Editor, —There might be some interest created, and it might give no little satisfaction, if steps were taken by the Exhibition authorities to learn who are the eldest native-born Dunedin citizens, son and daughter, of early immigrants. If they can be found some recognition might be made of them, even if it were nothing more than the presentation to them of free tickets for the opening and all other events of the season. That would be no expense, while it would be an honor likely to be greatly appreciated and widely noticed among those who led the stream of population to this part, and at the same time it would bo a slight tribute to "Young New Zealand.”
At a meeting of the Workmen’s Court Committee held last night the chairman (Mr W, Carlton) stated that the space allotted to the court consisted of twelve bays, between the Victorian and the Fisheries Courts, and covered an area of about 2,000 square feet. The whole of this space had been applied for. He also stated that 2,100 ft of wall space had been applied for.
The Christchurch Committee have received L 525 to date, with hopes of receiving more.
The Banks of Australasia and New South Wales, and the Union Bank of Australasia, have agreed to give LIOO each towards the guarantee fund. In all probability these contributions will take the form of taking a LIOO page each in the catalogue. What has hitherto been known as the Grand Pacific Hotel, at Ocean Beach, St. Kilda, will, for a time at all events, be henceforth recognised as “ Government House.” This valuable property is in the hands of the Bank of New Zealand. The Board of Directors, knowing that the New Zealand Exhibition Commissioners wanted a residence for His Excellency the Governor and suite, have very liberally given the use of it for the time being. Of course, in its present condition, it did not look much like a Vice-regal residence. The place has been unoccupied for some long period, and naturally everything in or about the property has gone to rack and ruin. It is only a few days ago that the Executive had final instructions to prepare for His Excellency Lord Onslow and family. They also had an intimation at the same time that "our” Governor had invited Lord Carrington, as well as the other Australian Governors, to be present at the opening of the Jubilee Exhibition, The very moment when this information reached the office an army of artisans were taken to the spot. The president (Mr J. Roberts) and other members of the Commission, together with Mr J. Hislop, the architect of the Exhibition, and Mr Joubert, the general manager, have taken the matter in hand. The same spirit which moved the abovenamed gentlemen has been instilled into the hearts of the contractors and workmen, so that in reality it is a thorough transformation scene from the very entrance gate to the stables at the rear of the building. The carriage entrances have been remodelled, A wide sweep of gravelled roadway leads from one gate to the other, while a smaller entrance has been left in the centre for pedestrians. The front of the house is, under Mr Stenhouse’e supervision, made into a trim flower garden and shrubbery. The same party has also to trim and plant all the hedges round the premises, A seven-foot galvanised iron fence has been erected around the grounds to ensure privacy and hide from view the tram stables and washhouse. A barbed wire fence also cuts off several acres of the adjoining land, so as to secure the property more effectually. The City water and Cavershamgas have been brought to the house. Drainage and all sanitary arrangements arc now made perfect and satLfeetory. The whole of the interior of j tho house and outbuildings arc being painted, bronzed, or gilded, as the case may be; all woodwork grained afresh and varnished. A flagstaff is being erected on the " piazza” or flat roof, where the Union Jack will bo hoisted to denote the presence of the Governor “at home.” As this honse is visible from almost every part of the City and suburbs, it will enable people having business with the Governor to see at a glance whether or not Lord Onslow is visible. The interior of the house is now in rather a state of chaos, but at tho rate tho work is progressing, and the number of hands Messrs Smith and Co. have at it, another week will make a great deal of difference in its appearance. On the right hand of the hall, what was a bar is being converted into a private office for the Governor ; the small chamber in the front for the office of His Excellency’s aide-de-camp ; the bar parlor the Private Secretary’s office. These rooms are being painted and stencilled in tho very latest style. The dining room is also being remodelled and decorated. On the left the billiard room and commercial room have been thrown into one with the adjoining room. They will form a aeries of drawing and reception rooms; the side verandah being converted into a conservatory, leading to the grass lawn and flower garden on the side of the grounds. The back of the house, on the ground floor, is devoted to kitchens, store rooms, china closets, pantries, scullery, etc., whilst in the detached building a servants’ hall has been managed. On the first floor, in the front and on the right hand side, Lady Onslow’s bedroom, with boudoir attached ; next Lord Cranley’s room, and adjoining Lady Onslow’s, the Governor’s, the aide-de-camp’s, and private secretary’s rooms. On the left of the landing the Governor’s daughters’ nursery and attendants’ rooms; several spare bedrooms, with dressing rooms; the children’s tutors and Lady Onslow’s lady’s maids’ quarters. On the upper floor in the front six spare rooms, bathrooms, and at the rear seven servants’ rooms. The paperhangings and stencilling of the whole honse have been carefully selected from the best stock in Dunedin, The contractors are vicing with one another to perform their work in such a manner as to give our distinguished guests a fair idea of what can be done in the South Island, Messrs Burt and 00. have undertaken the looking after of the sanitary arrangements, and tho whole of the furnishing has been undertaken by Messrs Scoullar and Chisholm.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8022, 26 September 1889
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