THE CHRISTCHURCH EXHIBITION.
ANOTHER MISHAP. A TOWER DEMOLISHED BY A GALE. [BY TELEGRAPH. —PRESS ASSOCIATION'.] ~'.,. Christchurch, Friday. A gale this morning completely demolished one of the two towers of the Exhibition, flanking the main entrance. The towers had reached a height of over 100 feet, but were in skeleton form, and consequently at the weakest, stage. Fortunately no men were employed on the construction of the towers to-day., owing to the high wind. The authorities state that the accident does not necessarily indicate any structural weakness in the building. The. Building Committee of the Exhibition met and viewed the damage, and decided to take no steps until the arrival of the architect-, Mr. J. C. Maddison, who is expected to leave Wellington for Ciiristchurch to-night. One of the Commissioners states that the mishap will not cause any delay in the opening of the Exhibition. The amount of da.mage done is not nearly so much as when part of the main building was wrecked recently, as the. cost of one of the towers complete, is only about £500 or £600.
The official exhibition report states that all the available space as provided in the original plans has been applied for, but the Commissioners are arranging for a considerable extension of the buildings, so as to make provision for further applications. Mr. D. C. Mclntyre, travelling representative, for the Commissioners, states that Southland will make a magnificent show, and that at Gore some enthusiasm prevails. He regretted the apathy displayed at Dunedin, but attributed it to the fact that the city has not lwen properly worked so far. The latest date tor receiving applications for space is March 31, 1906. A comprehensive provincial exhibit from Hawke's Bay will include wool, flaix, tinned meats, and canned fruits. The Premier has received communications from Mr. F. W. Jackson (manager of the Union Steam Ship Company, at Sydney). Mr. E. Owen Cox (of Birfc and Co., Ltd., Sydney), and Mr. A. W. Robinson (of the Age newspaper), Melbourne), accepting positions of Commissioners for New South Wales a;nd Victoria respectively. STATEMENT BY HON. J. McGOWAN. [BY TELEGRAPH.— OWN" CORRESPONDENT.] Christchurch, Friday. The Hon. J. McGowan, who is Minister in charge of the Exhibition during the absence from the colony of Sir, Jos. Ward, inspected the .vork of construction yesterday afternoon. After [inspecting the site he said to a Press reporter, " I am satisfied that there is no site to equal it anywhere else in the colony. The progress of construction of the main building amd machinery hall is satisfactory. The progress made with the erection of 'the fernery appears to be rather slow, chiefly on account of the difficulty of obtaining supplies of timber. I think that given reasonable weather, the completion is assured. The first part of the work wa» necessarily retarded, but it is now well under way, and the men are accustomed to the -work. According to all indications, the space will be over-applied for. We are satisfied that there hais never been such an exhibition as this one will be in this colony, or even in Australia, before." Apart from the certainty of a big influx from Australia and other parts of the colony, the.very laa-ge amount of space taken by America and Canada would appear to be a virtual guarantee that wo shall have a very large number of visitors from those countries."
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New Zealand Herald, New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 13122, 10 March 1906
THE CHRISTCHURCH EXHIBITION. New Zealand Herald, Volume XLIII, Issue 13122, 10 March 1906
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