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The miners of Otago propose holding a conference in Dunedin during the Exhibition to consider various matters connected with their industry and the laws relating to it. Mr Vincent Pyke, M.H.R., on being communicated with on the subject, wrote to the Minister of Mines requesting that official recognition should be given of the proposed conference, and he received a reply stating: “That in the event of the conference being held as proposed, the Government will take steps to be represented on it,” The Government intend to have a fine display of guns, mines, etc., in the Armaments Court of the Exhibition. They will also exhibit a Maxim gun, which has been purchased from Major-general Strange. Mr Fletcher, the Victorian superintendent, leaves Melbourne for here on the 7th inst. The first shipment of goods were forwarded by the Waibora. His Excellency the Governor has intimated that the French Government were very anxious to contribute exhibits to the education and science departments of the Exhibition, but regretted that the shortness might possibly prevent them from taking the necessary steps in the matter. Lieutenant-colonel E. W. Moon, of Melbourne, who is Consulate-General of Costa Rica, has been specially appointed as Executive Commissioner at the Exhibition for Costa Rica, in conjunction with the other States of Central America, and will arrive here early in November. Three Ceylon Natives, in charge of exhibits intended for the Ceylon Court, are on their way here. The Planters’ Association and general public took the matter up in a very kindly spirit. The Bank of Bengal at Rangoon is sending a number of interesting Burmese and Hill tribe curios.

The following is a complete list of the Koekkoek collection of pictures intended for exhibition :— ‘ Counting the Catch,’ by Laureati; ‘ Land’s End,’ by H. Koekkoek, junr. ; ‘Near Winchester,’ ‘Alborough,’ ‘On the Amstel, Amsterdam,’ and * After a Wet Day,’by James Webb; ‘A Blonde,’ by Ballivoini; ‘ The Forum, Rome,’ ‘La Casta di Tintorello,’ *La Pescheria in Canarregio,’ ‘ Tomba di Mastino 11. del la Scala a Verona,’ ‘Gastello S. Pietro a Verona,’ * Chiesa di S. Luca in Monte Bologna,’ ‘ Chiesa and Campanile del Carmini a Napoli,’ and ‘ Canal Grand Con la Chiese di S. Geremia,’ by A, Brandeis ; ‘ A Blonde,’ by E. Semenowski; ‘ A Sleep,’ by Mdlle, Th. Sehwartze; ‘ A Dutch Mail Steamer in a Gale in the North Sea,’ and ‘ Zandwort, Holland,’ by J. H. B. Koekkoek; ‘ Canal Scene, Rotterdam,’ by W. Koekkoek ; * Streatley on Thames,’ by C. Smith; * Cattle near a Farm,’ by Roeloss ; ‘ Cattle,’ by De Mol; ‘ln the Cellar,’ by E. Benza, The following additional acceptances of invitations for the opening ceremony have been received Colonel Shepherd (Auckland), Mr D. M. Luckle (head of the Government Insurance Department), Colonel Wales, chairmen of the Grey Education Board, Grey County Council, and Taieri County Council, the Mayors of Green Island, New Plymouth, Rangiora, South Invercargill, and Waimate, Mr W. P. Reeves, M.H.R., Sir Robert Stout, curator of the Auckland Museum, Hon. W. D. Mantell, Mr [Toxward (Danish Consul at Wellington), Hon. Mr Hart, Mr A. R. Guinness, M.H.R., Mr J. D. Ormond, M.H.R., chairman of the Canterbury Agricultural Association, Mi Scobio Mackenzie, M.H.R., Mr W. C. Buchanan, M.H.R., the Consul for Japan at Melbourne, and the Hon. R. T. Lytton (Melbourne), Consul for the Liberian Republic. In order to facilitate matters and enable exhibitors to commence work in the various bays or fraction of bays allotted to them, Manager Joubert has handed to us the following list, which corresponds with the colored plan of official allocation : Auckland, Ito 18; Cook County, 19; Napier, 20 to 29; Wellington, 15 to 44; Westport, 41 to 45; Nelson, 46 to 48 ; Grey mouth, 47 to 51; Hokitika, 50 to 54; Canterbury, 53 to 72; North Otago, 73 to 78; Waihemo, 80. Dunedin exhibitors A. Martinelli, Mies Partridge, Livingstone and 00., Mitchells and Rutherford, J. Manders, bay 79; Fergusson and Mitchell, 81 and 83; Irvine and Stephenson, 82; American Photo. Company, 84; T. Begg, 85 1 F. L. Jones. 86; W. Melville. 87; J. R. Morris, jun., 88 and 90; J. Briggs, W. Lane and Co., J. D. Feraud, Thomson and Co., Bennet and Son, 89; E. Clempson, R. Boenicke, J. Johnstone, 8. Slesinger, S. Myers and Co., N. Newriem, Whyte and Co., Romison, 91; J. and T. Christie, 93; Thomson, Brldger, and Co , 94 and 96; C. Bills, 95; W, M'Leod, J. Davidson, W. M, Innes, M. G, Barrton, F, R. Rice, J. Pinnook, M'Naughton and Co., W. Gawne, 97; Kempthorne, Prosser, and Co,, 93 and 100; H. North, A. W. Macarthur, J. Farr a, J. Jack. A. O. Broad, M. J. Hallinan, 99 ; Michaelis, Halleustein, and Co., 101 and 103; F. R. Turner, F. W. Petre, T. Hucker, Souness and Co., 102; Burrow and Co,, 104; Scott and Wilson, 105; J. Edmond, 106 and 108; New Zealand Land Company, 107 ; Begg and Co., 110 and 112 ; M'Leod and Co,, 111; Phoenix Company, 113; Nimmoand Blair, 114; Gregg and Co., 115; Hallenstem Brothers and Co., 116, 118, and 120; W. Wright, 117; Tapper and Co., 119; Mosgiel Woollen Company, octagon; Ross and Glendining, octagon; Post Office, 121; Sconllar and Chisholm, 122 to 132; Tourists’ court, 123 to 131; G, andT. Young, 133; Briscoe and Co., 134; Butler Bros,, 135 and 137; Corporation gas department. 139, 141,143; F. Hyara, 140; Wilkie and Co., 142; Coulls, Culling, and Co., 144; Cardboard Factory (W. Markham, J. T. Wright, H. SHolmes, W. Markham), 146; Taieri county, 145 and 147; Bruce county, 148 to 156; Olutha, 149; Tuapoka, 151. 153, and 155; Tapanui, 156; Vincent, 159 and 161; Maniototo. 160 and "62; Queenstown, 164; Invercargill, 153 to 178; A. andT. Burt, 179 to 188; Mutual Association, 185; Miron and Struthers, 190 to 194; Anderson and Morrison, 189 to 191; Barningham and 00., 193 and 195; Briscoe and Co., 196 to 200; Mann and Go,, 197; Bennet and Son, Marr and Son, R. Gallon, J. M. Shearer, H, Neill, A. Donaldson, 199; Speight and Co , 203; Donaghy and Co., 204 to 210; StrachananJ Co., 205; Wilson and Co,, 207; M'Gavin and Co., 209; A. and J. M'Farlane, 211; J. Lambert, 243; Milburn Lime Company, 215; Bailey, 219; G. Wilson, Mrs Dreaver, Clarke and Nicholls, Eemnitz and Nicholson, 221; Burton Bros., bay 92; Shacklcck, 218 and 220, with b?ys behind; Hordern, Brayahaw, and Whyte, bay A; J. Robson and Son, bay B; J. and W. Stewart, bayC; M. Sinclair, bay D, N.B.— The space in the machinery annexes has not yet been finally settled. It will be published in due course.


The following is the material parts of the first report to his Government by Mr Oscar Meyer, Commissioner for New South Wales: —

73 Phillip street, Sydney, September 18. Sir,—The determination arrived at by the Government of New South Wales to have the colony represented at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition by means of a display of suoh of its resources as minerals, timber, wines, wools, and inventions of all kinds has been viewed by a portion of the community with a certain amount of dissatisfaction. So far as they have been explicitly stated, it would appear that the objections entertained by such persons resolve themselves into the statement that, inasmuch as New Zealand is a highly protected country, the products of New South Wales are admitted only upon payment of heavy duties, in consequence of which no market can bo opened out there for such articles, sad that it therefore may be reasonably concluded that any money spent by the Government in making suoh products known would be a waste of public funds. Another objection has been raised to the participation of this colony in the Exhibition on the ground that it is the outcome of private enterprise, and is in no sense a national undertaking. As regards the latter objection, I beg to point out that in order, among other matters, to secure space and to satisfy myself as to the suitability of the position the Executive Commissioners intended to allot to this colony I paid a short visit to Dunedin, where I was able to gain much information bearing upon the question. It was represented to me, upon authority that I deem indisputable, that although the idea of holding ah exhibition there was originally started by a few individuals, it was immediately taken up and enthusiastically approved by all the leading people of the South, whether business men or persons in public life. Further, the Government of New Zealand has contributed the whole expense of the permanent portion of the building required ; and the Governor of the colony will reside during the currency of the Exhibition in Dunedin. The other objection, if tenable at all, applies to a state of things which it is to be hoped will be of but short duration. With returning prosperity the Now Zealand tariff may, perhaps, be modified in the direction of freer commercial intercourse with New South Wales, when the Interchange of products may be greatly promoted,

and tbo business between tbe two colonics may be largely increased. Even if this h»pe be not realised, nothing but good can corae from making known the nature and extent of tbe resources of this colony, and from exhibiting the products which it can supply in a place where they can be seen by visitors from Europe and America, as well as by thousands of colonists, Apart from the advantages arising from this mode of advertising, other reasons may be adduced for participation in the New Zealand Exh bition. That colony took an active interest in the International Exhibition held in Sydney, 1879-80, and abstention on the part of New South Wales from taking any share in that at Dunedin might be regarded as au unfriendly act, especially as New Zealand has lately suffered from a period of unexampled depression, from which it is only now beginning to emerge. Moreover, if the prestige of New South Wales as the leading colony of the Australasian group is not to be abandoned altogether, it is necessary that this colony should give evidence of her existence and of her vitality on all occasions when the colonies meet for a common purpose on the same ground. My experience, during ray brief stay in Dunedin, of the feeling of the residents is that the determination of the Government to join in the Exhibition called forth feelings of unqualified satisfaction. As one of the results of my visit to Dunedin, I am enabled to report that the site of the Exhibition comprises fifteen acres of ground in a position in proximity to the centre of the town. The building is constructed in a style somewhat similar to that of the Melbourne Exhibition, but of a lighter character; and while no effort has been spared to render it thoroughly suitable for its purpose, economy of cost ha* been closely studied. _ The space allotted to this colony is situated in the right wing, and parallel to that occupied by Victoria. On my arrival I found that four octagonal domes were erected in the most important positions of the building. All of these had been taken possession of by the New Zealand authorities, but one of them being at the entrance of the New South Wales Court, I at once objected decisively to this arrangement, and upon bringing the matter under the notice of the president, that gentleman frankly admitted the justice of my representation, and courteously acceded to my request that the whole of the space in question should be appropriated to the use of this colony. This matter being amicably arranged, I was enabled to provide for the receipt of exhibits, on their arrival, by a respectable person, for their conveyance to the Exhibition Building, and for their proper care before being displayed. A large portion of the expected exhibits have already been forwarded to Dunedin and stored in the building, and by the end of this month the bulk of tbe exhibits from tbe Mines Department and the Technological Museum will have been shipped. Some difficulty has been experienced in obtaining exhibits that would adequately represent the wool industry of the colony, and in order to prevent the ill effect of a partial or incomplete display, I have undertaken to purchase a limited number of such exhibits from the leading woolgrowers in various districts of New >outh Wales, A certain number of fleeces, selected by the growers themselves as representing the most favo -able samples of their products, are to be purchased and exhibited ; and, at the close of the Exhibition, these will be sold, when it is anticipated that they will realise prices little, if at all, inferior to those at which they were purchased. A similar course, I propose, shall be followed with regard to wines. A few private exhibits which appeared to me to deserve assistance have also been accepted. I regret to state that the trustees of the Sydney Museum have not seen their way to contribute to the Exhibition; and considering the importance of exhibiting indigenous animals so peculiar, and in some sense so valuable as those found In New South Wales, I have requested the museum authority s to sanction the preparation by their officers of a small collection of mammals and birds, for which I have undertaken to provide the necessary funds, which, I expect, will be recouped by the sale of the exhibits after the close of the Exhibition,

The Union Steam Ship Company have greatly lowered the rate of charges for the conveyance of exhibits to Dunedin, and I hope to obtain a further reduction, so that tbo freight to Dunedin and return toSydneywillbe considerably less than LI per ton. Arrangements have also been made for the insurance against fire of the exhibits in the New South Wales Court in the Exhibition Building. As far as it is possible to judge at this time, the New South Wales Court will present an appearance and display an abundance and variety of valuable products that will place this colony on an equal footing at least with the most distinguished participant in the Exhibition. It is certain that the neighboring colonies will contribute to the fullest extent of their several abilities minerals, timber, wools, wines, and other products; and, in the discharge of my duties as Commissioner for New South Wales, it seems incumbent upon me to take measures for maintaining the reputation and position of this colony, and I am sanguine of the complete success of my efforts to that end.

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8026, 1 October 1889

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