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PUBLIC MUSEUM.

HAMDSOME SUBSCRIPTIONS RECEIVED. The adjournocl public meeting to receive the report of the Committee appointed re the purchase of Mr Drew's Museum was held last night. Among those present were — Messrs Carson (Chairman).G. Mar3hall,Vereker-Bindon, Nixon, H., Sergeant, Turner, Gifford, Aitken, Drew, Knseoll. Harvey, Foster,. Ayes, Rose, Martin Pinches, Willis, Spencer, J. T. Anderßon, Harper, Manson, Sheriff,Spurdle, Atkins, A. Higgie, Corby, Thorpe, Withers, Collier, A. Giay, W. McLean, Dr Saunders, Rev. Father Kirk, and Rev . T . L. Tndor. Minutes. — The minutes of the previous meeting were read and confirmed. Report. — Mr Gifford Marshall road • the following report :— The Committee appointed to inquire into the feasibility establishing a Public Museum in the town of Wanganui begs to report as follows: — In the first instance the Honourable the Premier was waited upon and he cordially promised the assistance of the Government in providing a genoleman fully qualified to examine and value the private mnseum owned by Mr S. H. Drew. In accordance with this promise Sir James Hector came to Wanganui in April last, and with the assistance of two members of the Committee made a thorough examination of Mr Drew's specimens and in due course the report hereto attached and marked " A" was received. The amount of the valuation will be seen to be .£1123 7s. At the same time a letter was received from the private secretary to the Hon. the Premier as to the principle on which Sir Jamos Hector based his valuation.'and intimating that if the specimens had been treated according to rarity and value in Xiondon a much higher value would have been placed upon them. The letter in question is hereto attached and marked " B." A valuation ■was then made by Mr J. T. Anderson of the glass show cases used in Mr Drew's Museum amounting to £63 ss. This reportis hereto annexed and marked " C" Since the valuation made by Sir James Hector, Mr Drew has acquired further specimens of considereble value. Taking, therefore; the low valuation placed on the specimens by Sir James Hector and the other matters above referred into consideration, the Committee fixes the value of the Museum in question, with cases. &c, at .£I2OO. Mr Drew has offered to sell his entire Museum for the sum of £600, of which £200 i3 to be paid in cash and the balance of £400 in two years without interest, but subject to the condition that the Museum is to be_ kept intact and none of the unique specimens parted with. Mr Drew further offers his services as Honorary Director. The Committee believes that a suitable site for the Museum buildings can be obtained from the Borough authorities free of expense. The Committee is assured on the authority of qualified gentlemen that a building suitable for the present necessities of the Museum could De erected for the sum of £250. Such bnilding would be only roughly finished and erected in such a manner that in the future when funds ■ permit it could be conveniently enlarged and improved in appearance. A further sum of £50 would be required for additional fixtures and show cases. The total sum of £900 would therefore be required to complete the purchase of the Museum and erect the necessary premises. Of this the sum of £176, the result of the bazaar held last year, is in hand, leaving £726 Still to be collected. The Committee is led to believe that a further Bum of £200 could at once be collected from a few gentlemen who have generously promised substantial aid. This would reduce the amount required to £525, which the Committee 'considers might be raised by . voluntary subscriptions' if the matter were properly laid before the public and a careful canvass made, and by entertainments, lectures, &c. The Committee feels assured that the sum of £60 per annum will for the first few years be an ample allowance for the purposes of the management of the Museum, and that this sum could be raised by annual subscriptions from members and donations. The Committee is informed that a Bill to assist the proposed institution will be brought before the Houße by the Honourable the Premier at the forthcoming session, and believes that in due course : very substantial help will be derived from that quarter. The Comrmttee, therefore, begs to report— (l) That the Borough authorities be asked provide out of the public reserves a suitable site for the Museum. (2) That Mr Drew's offer as. above set out be accepted. (3) That the Museum be vested in the names of such persons or bodies as may hereafter be appointed. (4) That the formation of the 'body or society to manage the institution'and rules as to membership, &c, be further considered. (5) That a subscription list be at once opened and canvass made by gentlemen to be appointed at this meeting. (6) That the public be invited to subscribe the sum of £900, less the amounts already mentioned as beinsr in hand or promised. ' Cobbespondbhce. — The Secretary, Mr E. Andrews, read letters of apology from ' Mr H. C. Field and Mr W. Empson. Finance. — The Secretary reported that, the sum to be received from the late bazaar was £176, that Mr Henry Ser geant had come forward with the handsome donotion of £100, and that he had received sundry other subscriptions, including sums of five, 10, and 15 pounds. The Chairman suggested that slips of paper should be sent round the room to be filled in by those presentr— with the result that, before the meeting closed, the Secretary reported that the total sum available had reached within a trifle of £502. Itwaa further reported that Mr Prnchea had promised to give the use of the Oddfellows' Hall for three nights free of charge for any entertainments that might be got up ; that Mr G. Sheriff and Mr Andrews offered their services to assist in arranging such entertainments ; that Mr G, Sheriff would donate a prize for an art union ; and that Mr A. uray would organise a special football match, the gate money to be added to the fund. Committees. — After several gentlemen had spoken in highly congratulatory terms of the assured prospects of success of the project, Mr Spurdle moved, Mr Manson seconded, and it was carried, that the following gentlemen be a committee to canvass the town and country for further donations, and to report in a fortnight: — Messrs Nixon, Ayes, Willis, Higgie,, Sergeant, Foster, Martin, ManV^son, Bindon, Gray, Harvey, Downes, Bad- ' deley, his Worship the Mayor, and the Mover ; Mr Spurdle to be convener. A further committee, consisting of Messrs Marshall, Atkins, and Andrews, was appointed to wait on the Borough Council on the .subject of a site for the Museum' building. The meeting then adjourned for a fortnight.

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PUBLIC MUSEUM., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVI, Issue 11560, 11 June 1892

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PUBLIC MUSEUM. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVI, Issue 11560, 11 June 1892

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