International Exhibition (1906)
|Name||New Zealand International Exhibition|
|Area||164 hectares (410 acres)|
|Opening||1 November 1906|
|Closure||15 April 1907|
|Previous||Liège International (1905) in Liège|
|Next||Brussels International 1910 in Brussels|
|Other||Milan International (1906)|
The New Zealand International Exhibition (the biggest in the country to that time) opened 1 November 1906 in Hagley Park, Christchurch, New Zealand. Nearly two million people visited the exhibition during the next few months. A branch railway line was built across North Hagley Park to service the exhibition. The attractions included New Zealand’s first professional symphony orchestra (conducted by Alfred Hill), and the first Dominion pipe band contest which was won by the Dunedin Highland Pipe Band.
Amusements included a water chute on Victoria Lake, a dragon train, a toboggan course, a helter-skelter and a gondola. The Pike featured penny in the slot machines, a maze, and Professor Renno and his Palace of Illusions. Visitors were also able to view a 360 degree panoramic painting of the Battle of Gettysburg, accompanied by a history of the battle, at the Cyclorama.
The exhibition closed on 15 April 1907 and the remaining buildings had been removed by the end of August 1907.
The architect for the buildings was Joseph Clarkson Maddison. He also designed the Carlton Hotel, which was commissioned by the Wards's Brewery to be built in time for the International Exhibition.
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- Christchurch City Libraries (2016). "110 years ago: The 1906 New Zealand International Exhibition". Christchurch City Libraries. Christchurch. Retrieved 8 December 2017.
- "Carlton Hotel". Register of Historic Places. Heritage New Zealand. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
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