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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889
Additional acceptances to be present aft the opening ceremony have been received from the following: (Defence Department), Captain Kenny (Picton), Tamoara Love (chief, Lower Hutt), Kaniera Euhana (chief, Waikanae), C. N. Bell (Midland Railway Company), J. E. Logan (Inspector of Telegraphs, Dunedin), Taori Taki (chief, Rapaki), Lieutenant - colonel Sumpter, Hon. E. Vickery (M.L.C., Sydney). The Commissioners are desirous of impressing on exhibitors the desirability of preparing their bays or courts in time for the opening ceremony, as delaying operations at the present time will only cause extra trouble and annoyance when the " rush " sets in.
Mr Leslie has prepared a lithograph of the Exhibition Buildings, which gives one a fair idea of what a bird's-eye view would be like. As Northern residents seem to poo sess peculiar ideas of the size of the buildings, it would tend to remove any mistaken impression if copies of the lithographed plan were distributed in the northern provinces.
In connection with the agricultural exhibits, it has been thought desirable to have special exhibits of root crops at the same time as the horticultural show. The agricultural programme has been completed. The Executive have received notice that the Government have decided to put telephones in the various bays at a cost of L 3 each, but owing to the expense which will be incurred the department cannot carry out this idea unless thirty telephones are guaranteed.
A RUN THROUGH THE COURTS,
Instead of the bustle and clamor that one previously heard on every side at the building, there is now comparative quietness; but it must not be supposed from this that work is not progressing in the various departments. On the contrary, everyone is hard at work ; but, with the exception perhaps of some portions at the southern end, the major part of the building has been completed. Commencing first with the offices, we find that all are occupied or awaiting occupation, every requisite being handy, and everything being in apple-pie order. It was certainly wise to have an "inquiry" window, for otherwise officials would have been seriously impeded in their work; but under the existing state of affairs an inquirer can be satisfied in a few seconds. Several of the anterooms adjoining the principal offices are being used for temporary store rooms, and are filled with a miscellaneous collection. Entering the vestibule we notice that it has been virtually completed, while the main hall has been handed over to the decorator. Walking eastwards, we enter the Armorial Court, where a squad of permanent artillerymen under Sergeantmajor Nevill are hard at work fixing up the guns. On the eastern side of the Armorial Court will be placed a 641b muzzle-loading gun, on the western side a 321b smooth-bore gun will be put in position ; while between them it is intended to fix a 6-inch breechloading gun. Around the court will be placed the quick-firing Nordenfeldt, Hotchkiss, and Maxim guns ; and the artillerymen will probably work them at certain hours. Then the small guns and small arms will also be placed around the court, the chief object of the display being a desire on the part of the authorities to give those unacquainted with military matters an idea of the wonderful progress made from the ancient smallbore guns to the modern quick-firing weapons. Adjoining the Government Court, and commencing at the north-eastern corner, is the New Zealand Court, where reception rooms and a large number of bays are being fitted up. The designs are decidedly neat, and when completed the court should present an attractive appearance. The Canterbury bays are receiving more attentionthan those reserved for the other Northern provinces, the reception rooms being partly completed, while paperhangers, decorators, etc., are busily engaged. Mr Hibble, jun., has the decorating proper in hand, and has already commenced operations. Passing from the Canterbury exhibiting space into that reserved for Otago, one sees in a moment that the exhibitors of this province do not intend being behindhand in getting the display into proper order. Bays aro being prepared, exhibits have been forwarded, and, in the caso of Kempthorne, Prosser, and Co., the cases aro only awaiting exhibits. Begg and Co.'s employes have made rapid strides with their bay, and judging from the ornamental work that will shortly be fixed in position, tliis bay should look extremely well. Special shipments of goods will arrive for Messrs Bcgg and Co. from Homo and foreign manufacturers, a novelty being thp interior of a piano, which is bounded by bronze uprights. When the semi-circular decorated signs have left the decorator's (Mr D. Scott) hands, and the interior of the bay has been finished, a very fair show should be made.
Proceeding down the avenue we pass the ootagon, where workmen are dividing the exhibiting from the other space, each half of the octagon containing nearly four
bays which are fifteen feet deep, the boarding being raised about a foot. The bays of Messrs Scoullar and Chiaholm next attract attention, and here a number of workmen are engaged fitting them up. Five bays have been reserved for this firm, and each will be fitted up to represent a furnished room of a house, doors opening from one apartment to another. Then the bays of Maniototo (2) and Lake Counties (1) are passed ; these have been completed, and arc waiting for exhibits. The decorating of them has been tastefully executed. The Queenstown bay is colored in dark brown and gold, and the Maniototo bays in pale green and dark blue. Nothing has yet been done regarding the space in the
octagon at the south-eastern end, where the Mineral Court will be placed. A large number of exhibits have arrived, and cases in abundance are lying around ; but nothing definite has been decided as yet, Sir James Hector remarking that he was " juot thinking it out." Passing along the southern annexes the concert hall passage way is reached. It is at once seen that the hall is quickly approaohing completion. The foundations for the stage have been fixed in position, while the gallery also is well advanced. The hall is lighted by twenty-four windowa on the roof.
Entering the southern annexes again, one notices that the space for dairying exhibits has been asphalted and divided into two apartments, while outside the building proper the model "byres," consisting of eight asphalted apartments, will bo found. ft is proposed to show here how cattle should bo kopt. Several of the bays opposite tho dairy exhibit* space arc being constructed, the decorating work beirjg undertaken by Messrs Smith and Smith. The Milburn Lime and Cement Company havo erected an apartment, carefully concreted, for the storing of their exhibits, and it presents u decidedly neat appearance. Next ono enters the refreshment and dining rooms, which are almost completed, the interior being finished in all but a few unimportant details. The dining room is a very large apartment, but the kitchen, sculleries, etc., are by no means small. The space between the southern annexes and the dining room is now turned into what is intended for a Bmoking retreat, and it has been partly covered in. The railway avenue has been finished, and the space between the concert hall and art gallery now contains an avenue running from the southern to the cross annexes.
The finishing touches arc being put to the interior of the art gallery, the decorations of which are being carried out by Messrs H. S. Fish and Son. Two of the rooms are now finished. The treatment of the colors is in the Egyptian order of decoration; the ceilings are a beautiful tint of light grey almost white. The friezes are of an old gold color, with bold stencil ornament, while a dark maroon band divides the frieze from the wall color, which is a soft dark shade of terra-cotta. This again is broken by a dado of very dark Egyptian brown, the whole forming a very pleasing combination and a repose of color which will prove highly effective in the display of the valuable pictures which will shortly be placed on the walls of the building. In consequence of additions being made to the machinery annexes little open space has been left on the eastern aide, while the western portion of the annexes comes quite close to the concert hall. Various agricultural machines and implements are already on the ground, and a large number are expected to be brought to the grounds shortly. Considerable progress has been made with the New South Wales Court, and the ornamental work of it promises to be somewhat elaborate. The reception rooms have been decorated in pale blue, mauve, and yellow, and a large number of armorial bearings, flsgs, etc., are stored in the court. Tho Victorian Court wears an improved look, work in this connection being in full swing. Tho German and French Courts are gradually being put ship-shape ; while the Ceylon and other foreign courts are also receiving attention. It will take the visitor some considerable time to "do" the Foreign Court, for nearly all tho available space will be crowded with exhibits, tho show cases for which aro now boing put together. Some of them are indeed handsome in appearance, tho ornamented posts and framework boing painted in pale blue, white, gold, and crimson.
lii the cross annexes proper the aquaria are being completed, the glass having been fixed in in three pieces, which are supported by small but strong girders, as the whole sheeti were broken by the pressure of the water. The bars, etc., in the gardens are nearly completed, aa is the band rotunda ; while the rocky work for the cascade is receiving attention. Notioeable progress has been made in getting the fernery suitably arranged, one end being simply u mass of waving ferns, moss, and lichen, with rough boulders piled in a manner which, though rude, is certainly attractive, as it is natural. The Maori house, which it is intended to plase in the gardens, has not yet been put together, as it would impede the progress of the other work in this connection. The imitation of the Eiffel Tower will be placed at the southern end of the building, and outside, so as to be opposite the main dome, and it is expected it will be in position before long.
THE EXHIBITION ORCHESTRA,
The professional members of the Exhibition orchestra have been selected as fol lows:
Violins.—Signor Rafaele Squarise (leader); Senor Joaquin GazimMdo, Madrid; Mr James Coombs, Dunedin; Mr James Isherwood, Palmereton North; Mr Inconnu, Melbourne ; Mr Edward Cohen, ChristOhurch; Mr A. G. Halgh, Mostsiel. „ „ » Violas.—Mr A. E. Bowman, Obristchurch; Mr L. J. Painter, Dunedin. Violoncellos —Mr Eugene WinckelmanD, Sydney; Sener Julicn Fernandez, Madrid. Double Basse?.—Mr Alfred Pleyer, Melbourne; Mr Frederick Clutsatn, Auckland. Clarionets.—Mr Samuel Jackson, Auckland; Mr W. H. Corrlgan, Dunedin. . Flutes. —Mr Henry Poore, Christchurch; Mr Sidney Jannan, Auckland. Oboe.-Mr William Love, Wellington. Batsoon.—Mr William Foster, Wellington. Cornets.-Mr Charlcß Coombs, Duaedin; Mr Thomas Chapman, Dunedin. Horn?.—Mr Hugh Curry, Wellington; Mr Eli FieldeD, Dunedin. Trombones.—Mr Percy George, Dunodin ;MrA. G. Baker, Dunedin. Tynipani.—Mr A. 0 Williams, Dunedin. This force will be augmented at the choral concerts and on special occasions to forty-five performers,
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8036, 12 October 1889
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