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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8045, 23 October 1889
The total number of exhibitors in the Canterbury Court in the Exhibition is as follows:—-General, 50; machinery, 12; industrial, 18; special, 1. A meeting of the Tourists' Court Committee was held yesterday afternoon, when Mr Bilbrough laid before them the intentions of the Australian: Governments with regard to granting facilities in the shape of special fares over their lines to their colonists visiting the Exhibition. The point was raised by a member of the Committee, What concessions do the New Zealand Railway Commissioners propose to offer to those people who are granted such immense concessions by the Governments on the other side ? It was pointed out that a return fare of LI 104 upon the railway line between the Bluff and Dunedin—supposing that figure to be somewhere about the rate proposed to be adopted by the authorities—was quite disproportionate to the fare of L2 for a passage from Adelaide to Melbourne 1 and back, for a distance of about 1,200 miles. In the interests of New Zealand itself, it is to be hoped that the Railway Commissioners will meet visitors in the liberal spirit which has prompted the railway authorities of the other colonies to make the great concessions they hare made. Monßignor Coleman and Father Lynch have accepted invitations to the opening ceremony.
The Bmall Maori house spoken of yesterday is already being fitted up under the direction of Sir James Hector. The large house, from the Waiwera Country, whioh arrived a week or so ago, still lies in pieces in the Armory Court. The organ is being fitted up in the concert hall. It has a remarkably pretty front. Of the four inscriptions that are to appear on the inside of the dome, the one facing the visitor on entering is " Forti omne solum pati-ias." These inscriptions are designed with exceptionally good taste. Pictures are being received into the art gallery as fast as they come to hand. A number of English and other paintings are already stored there, and the Hanging Committee will commence their onerous task in a few days. The uprights for the barriers are also to hand.
Sir James Hector is with his own hand preparing a geological relief model, 20ft long and 10ft wide at the extremity, to be exhibited in the Government Court. The various formations are to. be shown in different colors. Tt is designed, to ,a scale pi four miles to the inch, and 3,000 ft to the inch vertical. We prophesy that this will be one of the most attractive features of this interesting court Mr J. L. Holland, the Auckland Committee's representative, is in a difficulty owing to the want of funds. The Committee pooh poohtd his estimate of the cost of adequate representation, and sent him down here with to small a sum to work on that he U utterly powerless for good: Of course the proprietors of bays in this court, as in other courts, have to take the expense of their show on their own shoulqers, but Mr Holland has to look after the miscellaneous exhibitors, and to do this and provide for the general fittings of the court will run away with more than twice the sum placed at hu disposal. He has advised the Committee of the state of affairs, pointing out that they have altogether failed to realise what iB required to give Auckland her proper place pmong the provinces, and saying plainly that unless sufficient funds are at once forthcoming he must throw up the job. To this communication an answer is hourly' expected. The representations made by Mr Holland will probably be favorably cansidered, for a large quantity of stuff is already received, more is to come to" hand per Hauroto, and he is informed that the material for an arch is on the way. This arch will have a base of Auckland coal, columns of kauri gum, and the top will be ornamented with corn-oobs. It will be Bet up at the entrance to the court, and should have a good effect. Another difficulty that besets Mr Holland is in regard to space. He has already had one of his fifteen bays taken from him for the photographic room, and be has miscellaneous exhibits that will cover 2,000 ft, while all the floor space obtainable is I,oßoft, and out of that passages have to be provided, reducing the available space for the miscellaneous exhibits to about 700 ft Mr Holland says that the raising of money in Auckland is doubtless prejudiced by the fact that a canvass is being made for the Auckland Jubilee Sports. He is trying to persuade the Committee that this Exhibition is of more importance than the local affair. In fact, Mr Holland is evidently the right man in the right place, and Auckland will do well to give him every encouragement to continue his gratuitous services and make the court owned by his province what 'it should be, one of the best in the building. Among the prominent Auckland exhibitors are Warndck Bros., the soapmakers; the Colonial Sugar Company; the Kauri Timber Company ; Mitchelson and Co., who show kauri gum and varnishes $ M* Arthur, the bootmaker; Ireland Bros., tanners ; the Onebunga Ironworks'; Hellaly Bros., who preserve meats; L. D. Nathan and Co., whose specialty is packet teas; and H. Brett, of the Auckland 'Star,'who has a capital assortment of bookbinding, lithographing, etc. In regard to the catering arrangements, Mr J. Wells this morning conducted one of our staff through the several apartments over which he will have charge. Commencing at the front of the building, there an two general bars between the rear of the dome and the fernery. The room in which these bars are placed is of ample sizs, and will doubtless have a good appearance when fitted up, but the storage space at the rear is rather limited. Each counter is 14ft long. The verandah that skirts the gardens is provided with two bars, one on each side. One of these is to be for the dispensing of general liquors, the other—that on the lefthand side as one faces the rear of the building—will be strictly a temperance bar. The counter in each bar is 26ft long, provided with four gas jets, and supplied with an office which presumably will have to serve also as a looker, for the bars are completely open at eaoh end, and nothing can be locked up in them unless it is Btowed under the counter. These verandah bars will doubtless be well patronised in hot weather. At the side of the south-west octagon, between Shaoklock's bay and the further end of the New South Wales Court, there is an irregularly-shaped room, equal to about 13ft square, in which fruit ana confectionery are to be vended. This room is perhaps a little bit out of the way, but its position will doubtless be soon discovered by those who are in search of the edibles therein to be obtained. The dining room is, as all know, at the rear of the concert hall. Mr Wells iB having his own office built on a corner fronting the west entrance and close to the approach to the art gallery. The dining room measures 63ft x 35ft. It is to be lighted by forty gas jets in groups of four. The walls are to be adorned with large mirrors imported from Melbourne, a system of decoration that should have a brilliant effect. There are two smaller rooms opening off the dining hall. One of these is to be set apart exclusively for ladies; the other is to be for the use of those who prefer separate service to having their meals in the chief room. Altogether, Mr Wells estimates that he can lay knives and forks, on a squeeze, for 200 sitters at onoe, that is with these three rooms. The food will be received direct from the kitchen through two slides, and wheel baskets will receive the used plates, knives and forks, spoons, etc., and carry them to the door of the scullery, where the plates will be cleansed in a hotwater sink, rinsed in a cold-water sink adjoining, and then set on end in drying racks, ready tor use again. The kitchen measures 17ft x 15ft; it is furnished with one of Shacklock's 6ft ranges and also a gas stove. No pantry is as yet to be seen, but Mr Wells is to have one built on the edge of the platform alongside the scullery. A cook's room, in which the food will be prepared, is put up next to the kitchen ; and a cool room, for the storing of perishables, is also provided. In the main dining room, we should have mentioned, there is a table between the two slides on which will be placed large tanks for tea and coffee. The charge for an ordinary meal will be one shilling, but a little more will of course be charged in the smaller rooms. From the dining hall to the concert room there runs a Bmoking verandah, on which a bar is to be placed; and it is from this bar that beer and other general liquors will be supplied to those who ask for a
I [lass with their meals, there being no bar a the dining room itself. The verandah spoken of is not very large, but it will supply the needs of as many as are likely to ÜBe it. In front of the verandah is a small cellar in which the beer for the bar is to be stored. Mr Wells has at his own expense built in six tanks for the storage of a reserve supply of water in case of a drought. A small lavatory and oloakroom combined is placed close by the main entrance to the dining room. With the view of increasing the accommodation for his assistants and the means of supply, the caterer is arranging for the ereotion of a grill room at the rear of the kitchen, in which there is to be a patent coke-grill capable of cooking 120 grills at once. A utoreroom, a vegetable room, and a coal bunker are also to be put up at the rear of the kitchen. Mr Wells has evidently a cle-ir perception of the difficulties and responsibilities of the task he has undertaken, and will, we have little doubt, give satis fiction as caterer. The only fear is that the space set apart for the victualling department may prove inadequate in time of a rush. If it does, he must be excused for any shortcomings.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8045, 23 October 1889
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