All the Dunedin and suburban fire brigades have decided to take part in the ceremonies in connection with the opening of the Exhibition. The brigades are to appear with all their gear, etc., so that a good display may be expected. Superintendent Robertson (City) and Captain Mitchell (Port) were appointed marshals for the brigades' portion of the procession. At yesterday's meeting of the Exhibition Commissioners the question of providing accommodation for visitors was raised on the reading of the letters from Messrs Wilson and Whitson. The President said that matters were now the same as before. Visitors from Melbourne and Sydney would have plenty of time, unless they came per rail to Dunedin, to arrange for accommodation. At present about 1,500 could be accommodated, according to the books of the Commissioners. Several hotelkeepera had refused to accept applications for rooms, not because they were full up, but because they were waiting until their regular customers arrived.—Mr Gow thought arrangements should be made by the Commissioners for the purpose of seeing that the steamship companies should make allowances for passengers. There was plenty of room for another company to run and carry passengers at reduced rates, while the Union Company's steamers would Btill be full up.— Several Commissioners thought that it was a matter for the consideration of the steamship companies, and not one that the Commissioners should interfere with.—The President explained that it was intended in the course of a few weeks to distribute cards providing visitors with particulars regarding tho accommodation for visitors. — Mr Hodgkins thought the Btowards of the various boats were in a position to give information to passengers were they bo instructed, by means of charts and lists, by the Commissioners.—lt was decided to get placards containing the desired information placed in the saloons of the various boats.— The Chairman said that 934 ladies and gentlemen had accepted invitations to be present at the opening of the Exhibition. About 2,400, in addition to the choir, c»uld be seated in the concert hall. There would be no unseemly crush, as every seat would be marked off, and no applications would be received when all the seats were found to be taken up. Messrs Sandford and Parson have completed their contract for the alterations to the organ for the New Zealand Exhibition, and the instrument will be despatched by train to Dunedin as soon as it is possible to remove it from the workshop. The o v gan was formerly in use at the rink, and was the property of Mr A. J. White. Very considerable additions have been made to it, so that it is now a well-balanced instrument, of considerable power. The Railway Commissioners have intimated their intention of issuing free passes to official representatives of the Australasian colonies.
The Greymouth, Hokitika, and Westland Committees intend displaying an obelisk showing the amount of gold exported from the West Coast to date.
Our Auckland correspondent wires : " Miss Knight, leading contralto vocalist of Auckland, who is leaving next month for Dunedin, was accorded a farowell concert last evening. The concert was held in the Choral Hall, and was the musical event of the season. The building was crowded, the audience being fully representative in character, and the young lady met with quite an enthusiastic ovation. Miss Knight possesses great histrionic ability. She took the parts of the Fairy Queen in ' lolanthe' and Ruth in the * Pirates' at recent amateur performances. She has a splendid voice of good culturo and excellent capabilities as solo singer. She has arranged to sing at the Wellington Cathodral on her way down the coast."
The arrival of large shipments of exhibits from Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia, as well as the northern provinces of New Zealand, has caused quite a stir in the building. The noise of the hammer is heard here, there, and everywhere; skilled and unskilled workmen are busy as bees; decorators are particularly hard at work; and general activity is the order of the day. This increase of work has necessitated the issuing of stringent regulations regarding admission to the building. Henceforth no one will be allowed inside the doors, on any pretext whatever, except on producing to the watchman on duty either a subscriber's ticket (with photograph), or an attendant's pass, or a workman's pass. These can be obtained at the office of the general superintendent between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Messrs M'Math and Walker are getting on with the ereotion of the band rotunda in the centre of the gardens. It is being made of round wood with the bark on, and will be thatched.
A magnificent Maori houßO—the beßt seen in these parts for many a long day—has come to hand from the Waiheke Pah, in tho Uriwera country.
Mr Grimmett and his sons are constructing a cascade in tho gardens, close against tho cross annexes at the rear, to a design supplied by Mr Joubert. The suite of rooms—hall, dining room, drawing room, and bedroom—exhibited by Messrs Scoullar and Chisholm will be one of tho nattiest shows in the building. The rooms are to be placed at the Governor's disposal, and will be decorated by Messrs Smith and Smith. Mr Rout has arrived to look after the Invcrcargill bsye. THE MINERAL COURT. A vieit to the Mineral Court, which is situate at the foot of the south-east avenue, will show Sir James Hector and the staff under him busily engaged in arranging for the reception of the mineral exhibits. There will be b very fine display of minerals, i and a collection of ores such as has never before been witnessed in this colony. In the centre of the court will be exhibited a large model showing the quantity of coal got in New Zealand, and at ite entrance four immense pillar? will support an arch illustrating the different ores and auriferous quartz specimens obtained. AH round the walls will be placed models of machinerygeological and mineralogical— and photographic views illustrative of the geological Features and mines of the country. A feature of the court will be a geological model of the colony, about 20ft in length, showing all the topographical formations in relief. Sir James Hector is at the present moment personally occupied in preparing this. It is cast on the lines of .the model in the Colonial Museum, which those of our readers who have visited Wellington have doubtless seen. Several other models of an interesting description—such as Ruapehu, Milford Sound, etc.—will be displayed, and we understand that these are to be transferred at the oloße of the Exhibition to the Otago Museum; Dunedin thus getting a substantial gift to perpetuate the name of the New Zealand Exhibition. At the back of the court a door will lead into an annexe, wherein will be found a steam quartz battery and a large series of bins, wfcich will hold samples of quartz sent from various parts of the colony for the purposes of assay. Part of this building also will contain a complete analytical laboratory, so arranged that visitors oan see the work in hand without interfering with or inconveniencing the analyst. Tb is should, prove especially instructive, and promises to form
one of tho most important educational J features in the whole Exhibition. j
THE OPENING PROCESSION. The following report on the opening procession has been draw up for the Ceremonial Committeo : The sub-committee of the Ceremonial Committee appointed to carry out the arrangements tor the procession on the 26th November havo waited on all the firms in Dunedin which work in metals, with a view to securing their cooperation in the trades procession. They viaitoit Messrs Reid and Gray, A. and T. Burt, Sparrow, Shacklock, Cossens, Andurson and Morrison, Barningham, Kincaid and M'Queen, and Begg and Wilkinson, in whose workshops are found the ironmoulders, brassworkers, and engineers now employed in Dunedin. The subcommittee were ii overy case received with great kindness, and found much readiness to co-operate in the show. A very large number cf the men belong to friendly societies, but it is hoped that there are enough to furnish amplo representation of both their industrial and their social life. There are, it appears, at least 1,000 Oddfellows in Dunedin. Out of so many it will be possible to satisfy all claims. If half the men go with their societies and half with their trades, there will be a goodly muster under either banner. Efferts will be made to present industrial work in aotual operation. A grand response to tho call made upon them by tbeir fellow-citizens may be expected from men who are the bono and sinew of our population. The brewers, coachbuilders, millers, and others will be duly invited, and may be expected to co-operato. The want of organisation among the trades societies is a good deal felt on an occasion like tho present. Many trades havo no society organisation, and consequently havo not been represented at tho meetings of delegates which have already taken place. To get at the operatives engaged in trades not yet organised into societies it has been necessary to supplement previous efforts by a special appeal. A trades hall, with the appropriate staff, is really necessary for the conjoint and rapid action of operatives when large movements are on foot. Mistakes are avoided time iB Baved, friction smoothed away, and conflicting Interests are conciliated or compromised. It is qnite clearly understood by those who are promoting the demonstration that no pressure should be brought to bear on any man as to his choice whether he will go with his trade or his society. Spontaneous aotion is tho best seourity forgoolwill. On the other hand, good sense will dictate to every man where, on the whole, he is likely to be more useful.
There is to be a meeting of representatives and delegates on Thursday evening next in the bandroom, Garrison Hall, at eight o'clock, to which it is both hoped and expected the deputies will come with a resolve to get the matter put upon a satisfactory footing at this stage of preparations. So muoh attention has already been drawn to the Exhibition, and so much is anticipated in the way of success, that it is to be trusted the demonstration in the streets will bo thoroughly representative, as well as an imposing spectacle.
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EXHIBITION NOTES., Evening Star, Issue 8041, 18 October 1889
EXHIBITION NOTES. Evening Star, Issue 8041, 18 October 1889
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