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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 69

The Jubilee Fetes

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The Jubilee Fetes.

The fêtes promoted in celebration of the Jubilee of the Colony, and which were carried out by a large and energetic committee, at the head of which was Mr. Devore, commenced on the 29th of January, Jubilee Day, and extended over the three subsequent days. They proved a brilliant success, and were attended by the largest masses of people ever before congregated together in Auckland Additional êclat was given to the festivities by the presence of His Excellency the Governor, the Earl of Onslow; Admiral Lord Charles Scott, in command of the Australian Squadron; His Excellency the Governor of New South Wales, the Earl of Carrington; Sir John Thurston, Governor of Fiji, and High Commissioner of the Western Pacific; and other distinguished personages. The Australian Naval Squadron was represented in port by the Flagship of the Station (H.M.S. Orlando), H.M.S. Opal, and H.M.S. Lizard. Lords Onslow and Carrington arrived in Auckland on January 28th, and were accorded an enthusiastic reception by the populace. The weather on Jubilee Day, and indeed throughout the week, proved exceedingly favourable for the fêtes, full particulars of which, taken from the very complete reports published in the New Zealand Herald, will be found below.