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Postcard of the New Zealand International Exhibition, 1906–7 (2nd of 4)

Postcard of the New Zealand International Exhibition, 1906–7

This postcard shows the around 5.5 hectares of buildings in Hagley Park, Christchurch, that were used for the New Zealand International Exhibition in 1906–7. The main building was 400 metres long – at the time the largest ever constructed in the country. In French Renaissance style, it was dominated by twin towers at the entrance. It was designed by Joseph Maddison, an English-born Christchurch architect, who was known for designing freezing works. A special feature of the construction was the external finish called stuccoline, which was a mixture of stucco, hemp and plaster, fixed to the wooden frame. Behind the main building was an art gallery, and in the grounds there was a Māori .

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Jock Phillips, 'Exhibitions and world’s fairs - New Zealand exhibitions, 1900 onwards', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 22 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014