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From Victoria invitations to the opening ceremony have been accepted by Mr Meakin, Mayor of Geelong; Mr VV. D. Beazley, M.L.A. ;MrG. H. Bennett, M.L.A.; Hon. David Ham, M.L.C. j Mr W, Maloney, M.L.A.; Mr H. Burrows, one of the Paris Exhibition Commissioners) the Hon, G. T. Langridge, president of the present Victorian Commission ; Hon. H. Gore, M.L.C.; Mr D. Methven, M.L.A.; and Mr T. Best, M.L A. Sir John Robertson, the veteran politician of New South Wales, now retired, will a’so be present, Mr Mark Moss (president of the Victorian Bowling Association) will also attend the opening. Sir Edwin and Lady Smith (South Australia) will put in an appearance later on, Mr Fletcher has received by the Tarawera 151 cases of exhibits for the Victorian Court, including a large steam engine from Humble and Nicholson, a quantity of glass, chemicals, wines, etc. The Government educational exhibits are also to hind ; they alone will take up the space in three bays. Large consignments from Victoria are yet to come forward, including the whole of the carriages, which are to occupy an enclosed space 90ft x 24ft adjoining the Victorian art gallery. An enclosure of the same size to the south of the art gallery ia to be devoted to machinery. Mr Frank Meyers, whose writings over the signature of “ Telemachus ” are widely read, will come across specially to represent the ‘ Argus,’ and will afterwards make a tour of the colony for the purpose of collecting information to serVo as the basis of a series of articles descriptive of New Zealand scenery. A reading room, in which all the leading Victorian papers will be filed, is to bo fitted up by Mr Fletcher in the centre octagon on the western side of the building. It will be somewhat similar in shape to the ‘ Sydney Morning Herald ’ Court in the same octagon, Mr Scott received 200 cases of exhibits from South Australia by the last boat. Mr O, Meyer, the New South Wales Commissioner, finds his consignments coming to hand freely. The last shipment embraced some cedar, including one log weighing seven tons, from the Richmond River ; a valuable collection of photographs, and large show cases of specimens of bookbind-ing-all from the Government Printing Office; and thirty slabs, each 6ft x 4ft, of polished timber, sent by the Minister of Mines.

This mineral court measures 160 ft x 75ft. One of the moat showy exhibits in this department will be the coal trophy, which is to be as high as the roof, and flanked on each side by a two-faced wool trophy in the form of an aroh. About 250 tons of exhibits are yet to arrive for this court. Mr Meyer has made arrangements to construct a winter garden alongside his suite of offices. It will extend over the space of three bays, and is to be set off with ferns and other adornments. Next to this garden, to the south, will come the art gallery of New South Wales, which is to take up the space of eight bays—four on each side. Mr B. Hardy has arrived to look after the Oamaru exhibits.

The Queensland Acclimatisation Society are sending three cases of staghorn ferns and four freshwater turtles for the aquarium, Mr G. S. Cooper, the Colonial Undersecretary, writes that it lias been decided to forward to the Exhibition samples of certain articles manufactured at Home out of New Zealand flax, which have been sent out by the Agent-General. Mr Holland understands that the Auckland Committee are prepared to supply him with the necessary funds. Exhibits are coming to hand very fast, and Mr Holland’s only difficulty non is how to find space for all the stuff that is either here or on the way. Mr A. Hamilton, in addition to looking after the Napier Court—in which the erection of the bays was commenced to-day—-is superintending the fitting up of the Early History and the South Seas Courts, and the work in these sections is being vigorously pushed on. The third bay from the dome in the Early History Court is to be devoted to the showing of four large pictures sent in by the First Church. With this exception, the Early History Court will not be partitioned off in any way.

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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8050, 29 October 1889

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EXHIBITION NOTES. Issue 8050, 29 October 1889

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