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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
Mr Gunderson, of Christchurch, has been in town for some days making arrangements for the fitting up of his tell-tale marihfe clock which he patented some months ago. Buttons will be placed in certain parts of the Exhibition Building, and the night watchman on his rounds has to touch these, and the exact moment of his visit to any particular court is registered on the face of the dial of the clock, of which there will be two in the building—one in the Hawke’s Bay Court and the other among Messrs A. and T, Burt’s exhibits. The clocks are encased in frames, and locked up during the night, so that it is impossible to trifle with them; and if the night watchman is the least dilatory in his duties the fact is plainly reported, as the exact moment of the visit, and the particular spot where the button is touched, is told by aperforation on the dial. One of these clocks has been in use on the Lyttelton Harbor Board’s works for some months, and has given thorough satisfaction so far as recording the rounds of the harbor works made by the night watchman. One will shortly be placed in the Belfast Freezing Works, and the Government have invited Mr Gunderson to give an estimate of the cost of introducing his patent into the Sunnyside Asylum. The Mararoa on her text trip from Melbourne arrives here on the morning that the Exhibition opens, and may be expected to bring over a large number of distinguished visitors.
Work at the building has been almost completed, the workmen now being mostly engaged in the ornamentation of the interior. Although the grand hail has not been completed, it already presents a very pretty appearance, The workmen engaged at the fernery are making a great alteration in the appearance of the place, and from what has already been done in the way of placing the shrubs, ferns, and imitation mounds, etc,, in the building there is not the slightest doubt that the fernery will be a most attractive part of the Exhibition, The additional annexes have been nearly completed, while the concert hall and refreshment rooms are almost finished. The New South Wales Court has assumed almost a finished appearance. ‘ THE OPENING PROCESSION. An adjourned meeting of representatives of friendly and trade societies, etc., was held in the Garrison Hall last night for the purpose of making arrangements for the procession on the opening day of the Exhibition. Dr Belcher presided, and the following societies were represented :—Dunedin Operative Tailors, New Zealand Typographical Association, Federated Seamen’s Union, City (Fire Brigade, Port Chalmers Fire Brigade, Caversham Fire Brigade, South Dunedin Fire Brigade, Railway Fire Brigade, Roslyn Fire Brigade, Salvage Corps, 1..0.0.F,, M.U.1.0.0.F., Foresters, Druids, Protestant Alliance, Hibernian Society, Loyal Orange Lodge, and the Painters’ Society. The Chairman said at last meeting he mentioned that iu the management of the procession the Exhibition Commissioners looked to the various societies to find their own expenses, but that the Commissioners would be willing to find all printing, advertising, and stationery. He now wished to explain that stationery did not include franked telegrams or envelopes, As regards a remission of railway fares, it would be advisable for each society to make application to the Government in the matter, as they would be more likely to get such a remission than the Exhibition Commissioners. He was empowered to state that the Executive of the Exhibition would make a present of a handsome banner, suitably inscribed, to that society which, in the opinion of properly authorised judges, made the beat show in the procession. Mr M. Moss said most of tho societies were self-supporting, and. as they had to pay their own expenses in connection with the procession, if two or three money prizes were given instead of a banner, there would be more inducement for them to make a good show.
Mr A. S. Adams disapproved of prizes being given, as it would so discourage the smaller societies that they would not take part in the procession at all. Mr Montgomery said that it was quite possible that a small society might carry off the prize, The Chairman said he did not know whether the Executive would be prepared to give money prizes instead of a banner. If, however, the feeling was against prices being given at all they would no doubt not g v them. Mr Moss, in answer to a question, said at the demonstration in connection with the opening of the Melbourne Exhibition money prizes had been given to the organisations that made the most effective displays. The Chairman said that neither he nor a colleague had been able to discover any official confirmation of the alleged fact. The Secretary of the Fire Brigades’ Association mentioned that he had received a communication from the Christchurch secretary informing him that that brigade would be represented in the procession by twenty-one men. He (Captain MitcKell) thought there would bo 200 men represent--ing the districts outside of Dunedin in the procession. Mr P. Miller said that nearly the whole of the tradesmen in this City belonged to friendly societies, and it became a question whether the friendly societies or the trades unions should constitute the feature of the procession. His own opinion was that as the Exhibition was an industrial one it would be in keeping with the surroundings if the trades made the display at the Exhibition.—(Applause.) While on his feet he might say that the society he represented—the M.U.1.0.0.F. had not had an opportunity of discussing the matter. Until this week their executive had received no official communication on the subject; therefore he was not in a position to say whether they preferred to join the procession as friendly societies or would help their several trades. Mr A. S. Adams (Foresters) endorsed what had fallen from Mr Miller. His society’s executive had not been communicated with until the last few days, and he also was not able to say definitely what course they would take. This mistake ought not to have occurred again, because when it happened in connection with the laying of the foundation-stone it was promised that the proper bodies would be commuiiisated with in good time this time. Mr Cole (I. 0.0. F.) was in much the same position as the other speakers, and he suggested an adjournment, It would take him pearly thrpe wpeks to go among his subor dinate lodges, The Chairman said the sub.eommittee took to themselves all blame for the mistake that had apparently occurred. They had consulted the directories, and communicated with every society and trade organisation they found recorded there. Any omission was due not to Intention but to want of knowledge on the part of the sub-committee. It would, perhaps, be as well if Mr Adams tested tho feeling of the meeting, Mr Adams accordingly moved, and Mr Montgomery seconded —“ That the friendly societies should merge into the trades unions.”
Mr JSabnshaw (Druids) moved as an amendment—“ That it be left an open question.” He was of opinion that, if it should be a trades procession, ut there should be no compulsion. If the trades were individually communicated with there ought to be no difficulty in arranging a really effective display. The draft programme road by the chairman ought to be adopted, In that case it would be optional with people whether they followed their trade or lodge. Mr Milleb pointed out that a decision was being come to when the largest organisations in the City, each representing from 800 to over J,OOO men, had hot hdd a proper opportunity of learning the wishes of their members.
Mr CarAdus (Typographical Association) said that there were three delegates from his society, but the others had not attended, thinking that it was to be a friendly societies affair. If there were an adjournment, and proper notification made, there would be a large attendance of the trades, and something like a representative vote obtained. As it was, there was now ap overwhelming representation of friendly societies, and only three trade societies, represented in the room. Mr Moss thought that no good would
come of further delay. The trade societies could take up their part of the programme, if they wished, and the friendly societies carry out their own arrangements. The amendment having been carried by a large majority, Mr Cole at once moved an adjournment for a fortnight, which was carried.
The Chairman, before the meeting closed, said he hoped that on the next occasion that they would at once get to business, and that the delegates would come with their marshals nominated, and prepared with other details.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8035, 11 October 1889
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