New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition (1889)

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The main fair building of the exhibition, Dunedin

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 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. ^ a b c 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). Wikisource link to Picturesque Dunedin. Dunedin: Mills, Dick and Co.. Wikisource.