The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 55
Colonial and Indian Exhibition
Colonial and Indian Exhibition.
Mr Miller brought before the notice of the Chamber a letter received by him from Dr. Julius von Haast on the subject of the Colonial and Indian Exhibition to be held in London in 1886. The writer of the letter asked that Mr Miller would take the best means of giving publicity to the fact that although the latest advertised date for receiving applications for space was the 1st of October next, yet it was highly desirable that as many applications as possible should be sent in before that. Dr von Haast would therefore be obliged if an endeavor were made to forward as many applications as could be collected.
Mr Miller urged that this was a question which might well occupy the attention of the Chambers, as the exhibition would give such a great lift to New Zealand, and would be such an excellent opportunity for putting this colony's productions before the world. From every other colony applications for space continued to pour in, and also from other parts of New Zealand. He was sorry to say that the only district in which there was not much of a move was
Hawke's Bay. He had no doubt that woolgrowers would be well represented, but it was highly desirable that other products should be represented. This district, for instance, could grow grain that could not be beaten anywhere. Wheat from Wairoa had taken first prize at Sydney, and Wairoa and Hastings wheat had taken second prize at Melbourne.
Mr Knowles : What is the good of growing grain if it won't pay?
Mr M'Lean: The exhibits would show what the land was capable of.
Mr Miller thought the members of the Chamber might individually do all in their power to influence the sending of exhibits to London. At present it seemed as if preparing exhibits for the Wellington Exhibition had exhausted the energies of the district.
Mr Irvine : Will not all the exhibits now at Wellington be sent to London?
Mr Miller : Yes; if the owners will agree to that course.
The matter then dropped.