New Zealand Industrial Exhibition

The New Zealand Industrial Exhibition was an industrial exhibition held in a large[1] Industrial Exhibition Building in Wellington, between Lambton Quay and Stout Street in 1885.[2] Organised by Julius Vogel it was intended to display New Zealand's industries to both encourage foreign investment and to boost New Zealand's self-confidence.[2]

New Zealand Industrial Exhibition
Julius Vogel, organiser
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameNew Zealand Industrial Exhibition
CountryColony of New Zealand
Opening1 August 1885


The exhibition was opened by William Jervois, (Governor-General of New Zealand) on 1 August 1885,[2] with the Mayors of Auckland (William Waddel), Christchurch (Charles Hulbert) and Wellington (George Fisher) in attendance.[1]

Buildings, exhibits and entertainment

As well as the main purpose built exhibition building exiting an existing drill hall was used as a concert hall with a borrowed organ from Jenkins of Christchurch.[1]

And in St George's Hall refreshments were served on the ground floor, with its upper storey of St George's Hall being used for painting, drawing and photograph display.[1] There were was a water colour competition, which was won by John Gully with his Western Coast of Tasman Bay.[3]


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