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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8053, 1 November 1889
In consequenoe of some misunderstanding: that has arisen between the Executive and the Commissioner for New South Wales (Mr Meyer) the latter has closed all work in the New South Wales Court, and all the hands employed (to the numer of fifty-two) have left the building. The decorating of the interior of ihe dome, which has been entrusted to Messrs J. S. Willis, Pulford, and assistants, is progressing apace. .Below the Latin mottoes it is intended to place floral designs, which are being painted on a back ground of gold. With the addition of mirrors acd curtains, aud with a judicious display of statuary and pot-plants, the hall should present an attractive appearance. The members of the Permanent Artillery engaged at work in the Armorial Court are rapidly getting things in order. The heavy portions of several of the longer gnns have been receiving attention during the last few days. Messrs Grimmett and assistants have almost completed the cascade in the southern portion of the gardens. The band rotunda in the centre is finished, and work at the fernery is progressing favorably. Good progress has been made with the grotto, which it is intended to erect at the eastern end of the fernery ; and the large ferns, etc., have been placed on most advantageous positions. Several heavy agricultural machines hare arrived, and have been transported to the Machinery Court. It having been suggested to the Executive that probably the gas from the asphalted floor in the art gallery would have an injurious effect on the pictures and their frames, it has been decided to give the floor a concrete coating. The representatives of the various country districts are working bard attbeir bays, and it is expected that the majority of the courts will be almost, if not wholly, completed by opening day. Owing to the noise going on during the day the organ cannot be tuned during that time, and therefore the work is being done in the evenings. It is expected that the work will be finished in a couple of days. The allotment of seats at the opening is now proceeding, and it has been found that, after the visitors who have been invited to attend this function have been provided for, some 800 seats are available. As it is expected that this number is much below requirements applications should be made without delay. The ante-rooms, lavatories, etc., at Ihe eastern side of the space reserved for sideshows, have been almost completed. The general manager has been authorised to arrange for the fitting up of the Natural History Court along with the Education Court. A large consignment of golden carp has arrived from Sandwich Islands via Sydney for the Fisheries Court.
Mr F. E. Clarke, of flokitika, has lent his collection of water-color drawings of New Zealand fishes, and these are now being mounted. They number nearly 200, and are drawn in most cases to life-size. They are beautifully colored, and apart from their great scientific value are excellent from an artistic point of view. By the Hinemoa a number of cases have arrived from the Marine Department, Wei lington. These include lighthouse charts and plans, harbor lights, burners, etc., charts of the New Zealand coasts, drawings of fishes, etc. Dr Lovegrove, of Timaru, has forwarded a box of green frogs, which will be kept in one of the table tanks.
The first instalment of Exhibition goods from Nelson are ou board the Rotorua, which arrives to-day; and also a large quantity from Auckland and Wellington.
Allotment of seats for holders of invitation tickets for the opening ceremony is now being made, and cards will be issued immediately. The general public can now apply for allotment of seats. A special meeting of the Commissioners is to be held on Monday for the purpose of deciding npon what official entertaining shall be done during the Exhibition season. MEETING OF COMMISSIONERS. A meeting of the Exhibition Comminsioners was held yesterday, and attended by Messrs J. Roberts (president), K. E. N. Twopony (executive commissioner), A. Lee Smith, G. Fenwick, A. Bartleman. W. M. Hoc'gkins, W. D. Stewart, M. Joel, W. Carlton, H. Mackenzie, T. Brown, G. M. Thomson, J. H. Morrison, R. Hay, A. ]J. Ross, A. Wilson, J. White, W. Uow, W. Dawson, the Hon. W. H. Reynolds, the Hon. R. Oliver, Dr Belcher, Dr Hocken, and Sir Robert Stout. The question of prizes for the band cop.
test, to be held on the 13th, 14th, and 15th March next, was discussed, and it was decided that four prizes be awarded as follows : First, L 100; second, L 45; third, L3O; fourth, L2O. A proposal from the Executive to hold a musical festival at the Exhibition Buildings on the 16th of November was considered.— The President stated that if the affair took place the entertainment would be given by local amateurs and the Exhibition orchestra, and the money obtained would go to the Exhibition funds.—After some discussion with regard to the matter, it was resolved not to hold the festival, the majority of the Commissioners being of opinion that it would detract from the interest of the appointed opening of the Exhibition to have such an entertainment in the buildirjg as was proposed beforehand. It was decided that the buildings should be cloaedto the general public on and after the Ist inst., and to season ticket-holders after the 9th. It was agreed to permit the members of the Presbyterian Synod to go through the buildings on Saturday afternoon. The President explained what arrangements had been made with regard to the allocation of seats in the concert hall at the opening ceremony.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8053, 1 November 1889
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