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The Wanganui Chronicle AND PATEA-RANGITKEI ADVERTISER NULLA DIES SINE LINEA." FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1895. THE WANGANUI MUSEUM.

A lady visitor to out town on Wednesday last remarked in our bea sing tbat the Wanganui Museum ~as not of much account— she had seen that at Cbristchurch. She mi. ht have seen the finest MuEeums in the Old World and yet have found something to interest her in our little collection, if only Bhe had had oyes to seo, Our Museum is insignificant in the numbpr of itt exhibits as compared with the fine one which is the pride of Christchureh, or even of the Colonial Museum in Wellington, on which so much public money has been spent. But we pride ourselves on our unique litt'e collection because its represents the lifelong and public-spirited labours of a private citizen in hie spare tinje. When wo think of tbe professors and curators and clerks and messengers that the colony, pays for in the other Museums, we feel that credit is due to the people of Wanganui for what they have done for thomselvos, We have been asked occasionally of late why it is that the doors of the Museum have notyet been thrown open to the public free of charge on every day in the jyesk. Tho answer is that the Museum has qeith,er endowments nor revenue of any sort j thaj; the expenses of a custodian will first havo to be provided for, and that before that can be attempted jt.is imperative that the balance of tho p<archaso monoy which Mr Drew has lain out of so long should ba paid over to him. Put very briefly, tbis is tbe stoiy of tho M^euni. Mr Drew began the collection a quari.r of a century ago, and has industriously adde.d to it ever since, his labours involving the expenditure of a considerable amount of monoy and a great deal of time. ' Some three or four ; yeare ago his' work was practiialiy' brought to a sta^dsj;ill for want of sufficient room to set .out his specimens. He then offered to sell lhe whole .fcollnstion to <be people for half its actual yalue, whatever that might be, and to give his oivn services as curator free of all fic-st for tho future as in the past. In order that the value might not be decided by any haphazard guess, tbe Government permitted Hr James Hector to visit Wangaiuii, make an inventory of the specimens, and r,eporf thereon. His repoit was that ihe collection as a srhole was I __■___■________■■■__■_______■

it were split up and some of the more unique specimens disposed of in England, the collection would bring very much < more. As a proof of Mr Drew's public spiritedness we may Bay that he offered i the whole collection to the Wanganui \ public for £600. The offer was accepted ( by a few gentlemen on behalf of tho public, and the collection now belongs to ( Wanganui. But the gentlemen who < secured the collection had no place in { which to house it, no site on which to build, no money with which to defray , the cost of building, and nothing where- ' ) with to pay Mr Drew. Yet they now ' have the collection Bet out in a handsome i building, elected oa a commanding and I centrally situated site kindly granted { for the purpose by the Borough Council, ■ the building and coll.otion costing altogether Borne £1300, which sum include* ] a liability to Mr Drew of -3400. . Of the -3900 raised, over -2500 was voluntarily. I subscribed by the citizens of the town and district, one gentleman giving the ] handsome donation of -3100, and several 1 others donations of fifteen and twenty ] guineas, while five-guinea donations weienumerous. A sum of MOO was con- , tribute- by the Government, and nearly an equal amount was realised from a 1 bazßar held in aid of the joint funds of the Public Library and the Museum. As we have shown there is -.till a sum of , -3400 due to Mr Drew, and the Trustees of the Museum do not feel that they would be juetfiied in incurring the expense necessary to keep the institution open daily, until after the whole or the main part of the liability to Mr Drew has been liquidated, It is to this end that 1 the exhibition and fancy fair announced for next month has been projected. For 1 months. past bands of public-spirited ladies and gentlemen h.ve been indus- ' trioiwly working, Patiently and perseveringly, without beat of drum, or ' flourish of any kind, they have steadily worked ou . But it is timo, we think, that ' they took the public into their confidence. The fair and the exhibition will be upon ' us before we have time to turn round, and the people should be quickly made to understand how far woithy of support it is likely to be. There are few places in . the colony where the people of all slasses, • of large and small means, unite so heartily as in Wanganui in giving generous support to institutions established for the benefit of the whole people, Wo feel quite sure that there will be a strong rally ' next month to wipe eff the remainin. liability on tbe Museum. In order to make final preparations for the big event a short meeting of the Museum Executive Committee will ba held a. 7.30 o'clock 10---nij;ht in Mr Burnett's rooms, and of the GflDeral Commit' ob on Monday night next , at»li9 Public Libr.ry.

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The Wanganui Chronicle AND PATEA-RANGITKEI ADVERTISER NULLA DIES SINE LINEA." FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1895. THE WANGANUI MUSEUM., Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 12120, 29 March 1895

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The Wanganui Chronicle AND PATEA-RANGITKEI ADVERTISER NULLA DIES SINE LINEA." FRIDAY, MARCH 29, 1895. THE WANGANUI MUSEUM. Wanganui Chronicle, Volume XXXVIII, Issue 12120, 29 March 1895

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