South African International Exhibition
|South African International Exhibition|
|Name||South African International Exhibition|
|City||Cape Town, Cape Colony|
|Opening||15 February 1877|
|Closure||17 November 1877|
The exhibition was held in the grounds of the Lodge de Goede Hoop which was being used for the Parliament of the Cape of Good Hope in a building erected for the exhibition. The building was built of wood, iron, and glass which measured 184 x 78 feet; 56 feet high; and cost £10,027.
During 1876 Signor Cagli had canvassed American and European industries to exhibit “manufactures of all kinds” which were to be grouped in 10 classes: "alimentation", chemicals (perfume, medicine and surgical equipment), furniture, fabric and jewellery, transport, hardware, machinery, agriculture, science and education, and miscellany.
Exhibitors included Wertheim safes; Taylor's sewing machines, who won a medal; Sheffield based Samuel Marshall who showed hooks, hay knives, scythes and sheep shears and linen manufacturers Rylands & Sons who won a prize (and another a year later at the Paris exhibition).
There were 395 exhibitors from 14 nations:
- Africa: Cape Colony, Natal, Orange Free State, Transvaal
- America: USA
- Asia: India
- Europe: Austria, Belgium, Bohemia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Prussia, Sweden, Switzerland.
After the exhibition, the main building was used as an assembly hall and a theatre, known as the Exhibition Theatre. In the afternoon of 21 February 1892, carpenters and scenery painters were preparing for a new play when a fire broke out about 3:30, near the theatre entrance. In less than one hour, the entire building was destroyed along with the adjoining Masonic Lodge and Native Affairs Office.
- Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix D:Fairs Not Included". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 424. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
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- "Event View - Calendar – Iziko Museums". Retrieved 7 February 2019.
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- Chemical News, Manufacturing chemists, 20 October 1776, p. 169
- "Biography of the founder - Wertheim". Retrieved 16 June 2017.
- "WILLIAM TAYLOR SEWING MACHINE, SEWALOT". Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Exhibitions Study Guide v1-0 PDF.pdf" (PDF). Retrieved 17 June 2017.
- "Rylands & Sons Ltd | Science Museum Group Collection". Retrieved 16 June 2017.