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The Rev. Dr Stuart has accepted an invitation to the opening ceremony ; and the following Maori chiefs have signified their intention of being present:—John Kona (Henley), Tare Wetere te Rahi (South Waitaki), and Porokoru Patapu (Murimotu). It will be generally regretted that the warscarred patriarch Rewi Maniopoto cannot attend. He writes to the effect that he would have been very glad to come, but that he is not sufficiently strong to undertake the journey.

There is every prospect of Victoria being represented in a manner worthy of her position among tho Australian colonies, for, •although her manufacturers are to some extent tired of exhibitions, they are sure to put forth another effort at the instigation of Air Fletcher (tho representative of the Royal Commission appointed by the Victorian Government), who is working most energetically in the fulfilment of his duty, and may be depended on, now that he sees for himaelf the magnitude of the enterprise, to remind bis fellow - colonists of their opportunity for an effective advertisement well worth the cost entailed by exhibiting. The Victorian exhibits will include leather in all its processes, woollens, chemicals, billiard tables, rowing boats, confectionery, iron manufactures, carriages, geological specimens, furniture and woods adapted for the making ot furniture, edncational apparatus, and a capital display of fine arts. Mr Fletcher hopes that the Commissioners will alter their decision, to relegate the wine bars Co the verandah in the gardens, and if a concession be granted in this respect he will probably undertake to provide a handsome wine bar in connection with his court. Mr Fletcher was an exhibitor of photographic studies for artists at the Dunedin Exhibition of 1565 ; he brought a collection of paintings from Melbourne to the Christchurch Exhibition of 1882; prepared the illustrated handbook for the Colindies in London; was superintendent of tbo Victorian Court at the Adelaide Exhibition; and filled the responsible position of executive superintendent to the British Court at the Melbourne Exhibition. With this experience to guide him, Mr Fletcher is not likely to neglect Victoria's interests on this occasion.

The Wainui brought from Tonga-tabu a large quantity of Tongan Native exhibits.for the Exhibition. They include bundles of Native manufactured cloth or gatu, food, blankets, pillows, fans, kava cups, Native mats, copies of books used in native schools, photos of Tongan chiefs and women, local scenery, samples of native produce—such as copra, fibre, cotton, coffee, arrowroot, etc. Mr Campbell, Collector of Customs at' Nukualofa, sends by the Wainui for the Exhibition some fine photos of Tongan scenery. On the next trip of the Wainui from Tonga to Auckland she will bring up for the Exhibition a full-sized Tongan Native'drilling,house, or fare, which will be placed in the garden of the Exhibition.

The following report from the secretary to the Victorian Commission was read at the last meeting of that body:—" Since the last meeting of the Commission, in continuation of the series of up-country visits, the president, accompanied by Mr Fletcher, the superintendent of the court, proceeded to Sandhurst and Castlemaine. Their visit to both towns was an unqualified success. It was considered that no display of Victorian manufactures would be complete without a collection of ceramic ware. As the leading factory is that of the Bendigo Pottery Company, a special call was made on their works, with the result that a fine exhibit was secured. At Castlemaine the leading local industry of woollen manufacture became the principal object of attention, and a promise was received from the mill owners of a representative show of flannels and blankets. Mr M. Akin, accompanied by the secretary, again called on the manufacturers of Geelong, and secured, among other promises, an understanding from Messrs Humble apd Nicholson to send a splendid collection of agricultural machinery, as well as a compound condensing tandem portable engine, wool presses, etc. The Victorian Woollen Mill Company of Geelong are exhibitors in considerable quantity of their manufactured goods. The position of the colony is now an assured success. The who'e of the space at the disposal of tho Commission has been allotted, and in evidence of the general character of the exhibits it may be said that the catalogue includes samples of almost every article manufactured in Victoria. The vignerons have evidenced the greatest interest in the undertaking, and the display of tho wines of this colony will be absolutely complete. It has been deemed advisable to make special provision till the last moment for tho reception of anything possessing exceptional merit or interest, but only to a very limited extent."

Mr J. L. Holland has arrived to take charge of the Auckland Court, many of the exhibits for which have come to hand per Manapouri. This steamer is, indeed, pretty well full of stuff for the Exhibition, parcels having been received at all the way ports. Mr Patterson was in town to-day to look after the Oamaru bays. Mr Charles Rout, who has charge of the Invercargill exhibits, will arrive tomorrow. Messrs H. S. Fish and Son have taken the contract for decorating the Victorian Court. Mr Scott, the representative of South Australia, tells us that the wine exhibit from that colony will consist of abont 590 cases—the same quantity as was sent to the Paris Exhibition. The arrangement is to have a combined wine bar on the verandah leading from the Victorian Court to the Fisheries. New South Wales, South Australia, and Victoria each take a third of the space allotted to this bar, South Australia being in the centre. The South Australian Government appointed the Winegrowers' Association to make a selection of those wines most suitable for Exhibition, and granted a subsidy of L3OO towards the expense of making a good display. Mr Scott, who has had a very large experience of exhibitions, says that his mission is primarily to endeavor to create a trade between South Australia and New 1 Zealand. South Australia, he says, does not send onetwentieth part of the wine consumed in this colony, and yet both on account of the extent of her vineyards and the quality of the wine produced she is now able to compete with any place in the world. After the previous Paris Exhibition Sir Samuel Davenport brought out to South Australia a number of families of French vignerons, and the result of this is that the colony can now produce wine that is sent to Paris to compete against the French wines; and, further, South Australia can now supply French firms with wine for blending with the French wines. This fact speaks highly for the quality of the South Australian product. Mr Scott has also made arrangements for a shipment of fresh fruit in the early part of the year. At tho further end of tho New bouth Wales Court space has been obtained by private exhibitors of dried fruits grown and packed in South Australia. Mr J. S. Willis, the artist, is engaged in ornamenting the lower part of the interior of the dome.

The Music Committee have concluded anangements with the four City bands to perform in the rotunda during the currency of the Exhibition. FRIENDLY SOCIETIES' GALA. A meeting of delegates from the various friendly societies was held in the Oddfellows' Hall, Stuart streot, last evening to consider the advisability of holding a gala in connection with the Exhibition. The delegates present were :J. Boardman (Linden, U.A.0.D.), A. Carpenter (P.A., Triumph), J. Haig (A.0.F.), J. Brown (P. A., Valley True Blue), J. Bates (A.0.F., St. Andrew's), T. Mant (M.U., Hand and Heart), G. Davie (M.U., Loyal Albion), W. Woodland (A.0.F.), T. Stonebridge(Otago,U.A.O.D.), M. Moss (D.P., U.A.O.D), J. M. Wilson (1.0.0. F., Leith),N. Murray (A.0.F., Robin Hood), D. Pinkerton (A.0.F., Court Pride of Dunedin). Mr James Robertson (A.0.F.) was appointed chairman. It was proposed by Mr Pinkerton, seconded by Mr James Brown, and carried—" That it was advisable to get up a grand gala in connection with the New Zealand Exhibition, and that a committee be appointed to interview the Commissioners and report at a future date." The Committee appointed are:—Messrs A. H. Shelton (Druids), G. Mitchell (A.0.F.), G. Davie (M.U.1.0.0.F.), J. M. Wilson (1.0.0. F.), A. Carpenter (P.A.).

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8039, 16 October 1889

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