The entrance to the fair
The entrance to the fair

The Auckland Exhibition, also known as the Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition, was a world's fair held in Auckland Domain, Auckland, New Zealand, in 1913 and 1914.[1]

Opening

The Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition[2] was opened on 1 December 1913 by its chairman, George Elliott, with the Prime Minister (William Massey) and mayor of Auckland (Peter Dignan) also in attendance. A message of welcome was read from King George VI.[3] There were 18,000 attendees on the opening day,[2] and the fair ran until 18 April 1914[4]

Exhibits and entertainment

Buildings included a concert hall, art gallery,[5] machinery court,[6] palace of industries,[7] and an exhibition tower.[8] Entertainments in the fair's "Wonderland"[8] included a water shute, tobaggons, a figure-8 railway[2] and a tea room.[5]

Postage stamps

Forged overprints on 1913 New Zealand stamps.
Forged overprints on 1913 New Zealand stamps.

Stamps were issued to mark the exhibition, but although the monarch was now George V, the stamps commemorating the event were overprints of Edward VII stamps.[9] Few were sold, and forgeries are now common.[9]

References

  1. ^ Findling, John E; Pelle, Kimberley D (eds.). "Appendix D:Fairs Not Included". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  2. ^ a b c "Papers Past — NZ Truth — 13 December 1913 — AUCKLAND EXHIBITION OPENED". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  3. ^ "02 Dec 1913 - AUCKLAND EXHIBITION. MESSAGE FROM THE KING". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. ^ "OUTPOST: Welcome to Auckland". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  5. ^ a b "View of the Concert Hall and Art Gallery, Auckland Exhibition, Auckland Domain". Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  6. ^ "View of Wonderland, Auckland Exhibition, Auckland Domain, looking towards the water chute". Archived from the original on 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  7. ^ "View of the Palace of Industries and towers, Auckland Exhibition, taken at night to show the illuminations". Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  8. ^ a b "View of Wonderland from Exhibition Tower, Auckland Exhibition, Auckland Domain". Archived from the original on 24 February 2013. Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  9. ^ a b "Commemoratives: Christchurch and Auckland Exhibitions". Retrieved 23 April 2012.