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WANGANUI PUBLIC MUSEUM.

Description, of the Building.

The townspeople of Waoganui will have just causa to be proud of the Public Museum now in course o£ erection in Queen's Park. We had no idea that such a commanding position could have been obtained, so o»sy of access, and so adjacent to the centre of the town. la company with. Mr 1. Atkins, the architect, we paid a visit to the building this (Saturday) morning, and were courteously Bhown round. Entering the Park from Kidgway Street, and ascending the hill for a distance of about fifty yards, we reaoh the Museum site, a large portion of which has been Isvelled in a very thorough manner by the aid of prison labour, under Mr T. Noble-Beasley, ' tho gaoler, ' who; outside his official duties, Jakes g£eaj interest in tho "projoot. 'The site is surrounded by trees, making one forget for the time ' being that we are within a stons's throw of the Post Ofl'ue, suggesting those reposeful feelings so advisable in institutions of this character. We understand that the approach froai R'd?way-street will in the near future be widened and otherwise improved, and a lat'ge space in, fr^rjfc and round the tj-iod ot the building will ba also matallei and ornamentally lai'd-'ou^:' The building shows 'ons 'plainly that thfc ends in view have been to obtain a lasting struoture combined with tho largest amount of accommodation possible for the money to be expended. The appearance will ba Mo.eata.rily jilaia on the. ' ,0.0.^0, the

walls being covered with corrugated iron (for increased safety from fire) Mhevd by timber faoings and other woodwork about gables. The front of the building comprises entrace lobby and hall, eaoh ten feet wide, to the right of whioh is a com. xoitte* room and to the left the Director^ room, while opposite is the Museum proper being 60 feet long by 40 feet wide and 20 feet high to ceiling. Down each side there are six bays (each separately lighted) to give inoreased space for cases and to assist in the sub-division of subject* The ceiling is coved, the main lightinß being by sky. skylights along the ridge having ground glass ceiling lights below. The whole of the interior will be lined with dressed timber, thoroughly welllfinished, oiled, and half gloßsed, and we prediot the general effect will be very satisfactory. It is expected the building will be finished in about three weeks, and then Mr Director Drew will have ft very busy time in tranferring and arranging the fine collection of specimens, which is being added to daily. The contractors for the building are Messrs Arthur and Abram, and they are carrying out their work with expedition, and in a faithful manner, while the plumbing work is being ably performed by Mr Gellafcly, and the painting by Messrs E. and E. lingey. In conversation with Mr Drew we learn that he is partionlarly pleased with the exceptionally good arrangements made so methodically by Mr Atkins, especially with regard to obviating and possibility of the exhibits being interfered with by dust and damp. It is hardly necessary to add that considerable expense has already been gone to by the Committee in furthering the general desire for the establishment of a permanent museum in the town, and cer» tainly every oredit is due to all concerned for having in so short a space of time brought matters to the present successful issue. It is now sincerely to be hoped that all outstanding subscription, will be forthcoming, for the committee have to meet many liabilities, and they will take it as a special favour if those interested (and who is not ?) will still further their efforts by contributing acoording to their means, and thus assist in an object that redounds most creditably to the people of Wangsnui.

Captain Edwin wires at 12 55 to-day : — North to east and southeast gale with heavy rain after twelve hours from now j glass fall, and tides rather low.

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WANGANUI PUBLIC MUSEUM., Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8189, 13 May 1893

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WANGANUI PUBLIC MUSEUM. Wanganui Herald, Volume XXVII, Issue 8189, 13 May 1893

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