The presence of at least three of the Australian Governors at the opening of the Exhibition is assured; Last week an intimation came from Lord Carrington (New South Wales) that he would put in an appearance; and to-day cable advice was received by the Executive Commissioners of the intended visit of Earl Kintore (South Australia) and Sir H, and Lady Norman (Queensland).
Additional accepted invitations for the opening ceremony: Mr Justice Denniston, Moderator of the Presbyterian Synod of Otago and Southland, Hon. R. Oliver, Railway Commissioners Maxwell and Hannay, Mr W. Gray (secretary of the Postal Department), Mr J. C. Gavin (Pay-master-General), chairmen of the Bruce and Selwyn County Councils, Messrs A. P. Seymour (member for Waimea), E itzherbert (member for Hutt), and Fish (Dunedin South); the Mayors of Bast Invercargill, Napier, Balclutha, and Hawksbury. The King and chiefs of Tonga have given their consent to fifteen performers coming to Dunedin in December and returning next January. These are all fine young men, and typical specimens of their race. They play the English, French, German, Australian, American, and Tongan National Anthems, most of the popular melodies of the day, military and naval pieces, as well as sacred and dance music; also several operatic selections, and the entire opera of ‘ Norma. ’ They will wear their uniforms of scarlet turbans and white and red coats and kilts in the Exhibition, and European costumes outside.
Owing to the unsettled state of Samoan affairs it has been difficult to organise a troupe of Natives of that island. There is, however, little doubt that many males and females from Samoa will come down here and give exhibitions of kava, basket, and tapa making, and performances in the way of dancing and singing. The following are the words of the Exhibition Anthem, specially written by Mr Thomas Bracken (music composed by Mr Arthur J. Barth) for the Otago Sunday School Union Choral and Floral Festivals: Peace hath a chivalry grander than war, Hence all the nations have met from afar Dressed in their riches and bright in their glee, Joining with us in our glad Jubilee. Bearers of trophies and tributes they come, Blending their voices with trumpet and drum, Singing “ Hosannah ! may blessings increase Hero in this new land, 0 Lord God of Peace!" Science, obeying the hand and the brain, Leaps e’er the mountain and sweep* o'er the main, Lighting the way of the wonders to be. Shedding rich rays on our glad JubiKe. Bring we before Thee, achievements of a>t, Triumphs of skill from the mill and the mart; Treasures that Nature was forced to release, Earth yields her store to the Lord God of Peace. Come we before Thee, 0 Father Divine, Offrlng the fruitage of earth at Thy shrine, Gifts we have garner’d from mountain and lea, Wool, grain, and gold grace our glad Jubilee. Marching ahead we are strong in Thy might, Load us, 0 Lord, on the road to the right; Teach us to praise Thee again and again, Hosannah I Hosannah 1 Amen 1 Amen!
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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889
EXHIBITION NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 8024, 28 September 1889
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