New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition (1889)

The New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition was a world's fair held in Dunedin, New Zealand, in 1889.[1] It opened on 26 November 1889 and ran until 19 April 1890[1] with 625,000 visits made, and made a profit.[1]

The fair celebrated that country and the South Seas. Exhibitions included New Zealand's Eiffel Tower, a 40-metre-high (130 ft) wooden structure based on the Eiffel Tower built by the Austral Otis Elevator Company and used to display their products.[2] The tower was estimated to cost £1200 and included an elevator that travelled about 30 m. A smaller Eiffel Tower, without an elevator, was situated in an adjacent garden area, near the internal courtyard of the exhibition.[3]

John Roberts was President of the Exhibition and for his services was awarded the Companionship of the Most Distinguished Order of St. Michael and St. George, in 1891.[4] Alfred Lee Smith was one of the directors of the exhibition.[5]

On the occasion of the exhibition a book was published, titled Picturesque Dunedin. It was edited by Alexander Bathgate, and gave a description of Dunedin and its neighbourhood, with a short historical account of the city and its principal institutions.[6]


  1. Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix B:Fair Statistics". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 414. ISBN 9780786434169.
  2. "New Zealand's Eiffel Tower". Ministry for Culture and Heritage. Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  3. "New Zealand's own Eiffel Tower open". (Ministry for Culture and Heritage). Retrieved 12 November 2011.
  4. "Mr. John Roberts". The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Otago & Southland Provincial Districts]. 1905. Retrieved 31 July 2013.
  5. "Obituary". Otago Daily Times (16994). 3 May 1917. p. 6. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  6. Bathgate, Alexander, ed. (1890). Picturesque Dunedin. Dunedin: Mills, Dick and Co. via Wikisource.
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