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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

December 1st, 1889. J. Roberts, Esq., President of N.Z. Exhibition Commission

J. Roberts, Esq.,

President of N.Z. Exhibition Commission.

Sir,—I beg to submit for your perusal the following scheme, which, if it meets with your approval, I shall be glad to further explain:—

The people who visited the Colinderies in London last year, and the New Zealand Court in Paris latterly, agree that the representation of this Colony was so very meagre that it would have been better even to have abstained altogether, as was done in Paris in 1878, when, with the exception of some excellent wood ware sent by Guthrie and Larnach, New Zealand was not even allotted a space—this exhibit had to be housed by me in the New South Wales Court.

In fact, in all the great displays made by the British colonies New Zealand has been ignored. The importance of such exhibitions, more particularly in Europe, is obvious.

Capital, population, skilled labour, both for farming or manufactures, are wants which need to be supplied. The best, cheapest, and most efficacious way to arrive at so desirable an end is to strike a straight and decisive blow in London.

It should be done now, when we have here gathered in one centre some of the choicest products of the colony.

I have spoken already to some of the leading exhibitors, who are willing to enter into the scheme, which is:—
1.To apply to the Government to vote a sufficient sum of money to pack and convey the exhibits to Europe, to defray the cost of a small but effective staff to accompany the goods and see to the proper display of them.
2.A suitable site can readily be got in London, either at South Kensington or in the Colonial Institute, to hold a purely New Zealand show. The site will be granted free.
3.Lectures, illustrated by means of limelight pictures of the scenery, should be given periodically at night,
4.Maps and concise pamphlets containing the latest statistics relating to farming, mining, &c., be printed and distributed gratis to all visitors.
5.A land and emigration bureau should be open during the Exhibition, where people could arrange for the lease or purchase of farming lands, or secure passages to and from New Zealand.

From the feeling evinced by exhibitors on this proposed scheme, I feel confident that even in addition to the valuable goods shown here a larger number of exhibits would be secured free, but we should have to purchase gold, wool, and I dare say, other articles.

Still I think that an advance of, say, £20,000, would cover all expenses—I say advance, because the charge for admissions, sale of privileges, &c., would recoup the outlay.

The ultimate benefit to the colony is too obvious to need comment. I shall be glad to undertake this scheme if approved of.—I am, &c.

Jules Joubert.

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The following appeared in the Dunedin "Evening Star" of January 24th:—