New Zealand Exhibition

The New Zealand Exhibition held in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1865 was a world's fair[1] visited by 31250 people.[2] It was the first world's fair held in New Zealand.[1] It opened on 12 January and ran until 6 May 1865.[3]

1865 Dunedin
New Zealand Exhibition Building, Dunedin, 1865
Overview
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameNew Zealand Exhibition
Visitors31250
Organized byJohn Hyde Harris, James Hector, Alfred Eccles and Thomas Forrester
Participant(s)
Countries12
Location
CountryColony of New Zealand
CityDunedin
Coordinates45°52′9.84″S 170°30′30.96″E
Timeline
Opening12 January 1865
Closure6 May 1865

Architecture

There was a large stone Italianate building with clock tower and a series of annexes all designed by Mason and Clayton,[4] with a central courtyard derived from Fowler's design of Covent Garden market.[5] It was not completely finished when the fair opened.[4]

Organisation

John Hyde Harris was president of the executive, James Hector was commissioner and juror, Alfred Eccles the secretary[6] and Thomas Forrester building superintendent.[7]

Legacy

Exhibits from the exhibition provided the opening collection of the colonial museum, and added to the collection at the Otago Museum,[4] and the main building became Dunedin's hospital until 1933.[5]

After the exhibition, the collections were put into store and the art works were included in formation of Otago Society of Arts in 1876.[8]

References

  1. McCarthy, Conal (2008). "Dunedin 1865". In Pelle, Findling (ed.). Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 34. ISBN 9780786434169.
  2. Phillips, Jock. "Exhibitions and world's fairs – New Zealand exhibitions, 1865 to 1900'". Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand. Retrieved 31 August 2017.
  3. "Attendance at major New Zealand exhibitions, 1865–1940 – Exhibitions and world's fairs – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  4. McCarthy, Conal (2008). "Dunedin 1865". In Pelle, Findling (ed.). Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 35. ISBN 9780786434169.
  5. "1865 – Exhibition Building, Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand – Architecture of New Zealand – Archiseek – Irish Architecture". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  6. Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix C:Fair Officials". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 418. ISBN 9780786434169.
  7. "Forrester, Thomas – Biography – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand". Retrieved 30 August 2017.
  8. Rice, Rebecca (2013). "Creating culture in a colonial context:fine art at 1865 New Zealand Exhibition". Anti-po-des Design Journal. 2: 11–23.
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