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EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8054, 2 November 1889
Mr R. M'Vickar has been entrusted with the furnishing of the dinnor and other services and the household requisites to the v.ce-regal residence. The members of Synod paid a visit to the building this afternoon. Arrangements have been made for the Otago Sunday School Union io rehearse in the music hall on the 6th, 13th, and 20th inst. for the choral and floral festival. Similar permission has been granted to the Roman Catholic schools, the rehearsals being fixed for the 7th, 14th, and 21st inst. Mr James Elder Brown, of Elderlee, Milton, is forwarding a model of the first threshing machine erected in Otago. The circumstances under which the original machine was made in 1852 are these: About a year and a half previous to that date the late Rev. Thomas Burns, D D., and his son, Mr A. J. Burns, agreed with Mr A. Duthie, Mr Edward Martin, and Mr Thomaß Brookes (all now dead) to fell and burn about fifty acres of bush at Grant's Braes, opposite to Dunedin. Of this, forty acres were sown in wheat and produced a good crop. A difficulty then appeared as to how this could be threshed by hand, as it was by far the largest field that had then been grown in the settlement. As it was known that Mr George Brown had knowledge of machinery, he was consulted as to the practicability of erecting a threshing machine with such materials as were procurable, and he agreed to erect one of wood, having arranged that Mr R. Cramond, the blacksmith, should furnißh gudgeons, hoops, and bolts of iron, no castings of any kind being obtainable. Mr Brown was assisted in his task by his sona George and James Elder, and the last-named gentleman has now reproduced the machine in a model, which adheres as nearly as possible to the form and method of the original materials and workmanship. Mr Brown has forwarded the model to Mr J. L. Gillies, pending the placing of it in the Exhibition.
One of the most interesting literary productions in connection with the Exhibition will be the 'Guide Book to the Lakes of Otago,' which is now in the press, and has been specially compiled for the Lakes Committee of the New Zealand and South Seaa Exhibition by Mr Malcolm Ross, late of the « Otago Daily Times's ' staff. Mr Ross's intimate knowledge of the Lakes district and his literary ability will be sufficient guarantee of the excellence of the work ; but he has been fortunate in getting able assistancefrom Mr James Richardson, an old Wakatipuan, and Mr L. W. Wilson, the wellknown artist, who has executed a number of very clever pen-and-ink sketches for the illustration of the book. The services of Mr M'lntyre, of the Caxton Company, havealso been secured, and he has drawn en the stone two or three very striking pictures of lake scenery for the work, which, altogether, will be the most complete guide book to the Lakes that has yet been published. It is the intention cf the Lakes Committee to distribute 20,000 copies gratis. We feel confident the Lakes Committee will reap a good reward as the result of their plucky venture.. THE NEW SOUTH WALES CO (JUT. In connection with the misunderstanding that at present exists between the official representative of New South Wales (Mr Oscar Meyer) and the Exhibition Executive* the latter have addressed the following communication to the New South Wales Commissioner: 2nd November, ISBS. Oscar Meyer, Esq., CemmiEMuner for NewSouth Walt s. Sir,—The Executive leara vith regret thit you have ordered the stoppage i;f the work in the New South Wales Court owinsr to some misunderstanding that has arisen. Wo are sorry that you have resorted to such an extreme step without personal communication with us, ami will be g'ad if you will meet u<» on Monday morning at lnlf-past ten, for the jurpose of explaining your grievance. If we are not then able to arrive at a mutually satisfactory understanding, we shall be quite ready to refer all the matters in dispute tj impartial arbitration.—l am, etc,, John Bobebts, President.. The rumor which gained currency this forenoon to the effect that Mr Meyer had received instructions from New South Wales to close the court and return there immediately proves on inquiry to be absolutely foundationless.
EXHIBITION NOTES., Issue 8054, 2 November 1889
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