Story: Exhibitions and world’s fairs

Diorama at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, 1889–90 (3rd of 3)

Diorama at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, 1889–90

This photograph by the Burton Brothers shows a glass case containing some of the wildlife found on Karewa Island off Tauranga. The diorama includes a muttonbird (or sooty shearwater) chick in its burrow, an adult bird above, two tuatara and, on the top of the burrow, three small geckos. As was usual at other 19th-century exhibitions, the country's birds and animals were well represented at the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Pearson Album
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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Exhibitions and world’s fairs - New Zealand exhibitions, 1865 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/45432/diorama-at-the-new-zealand-and-south-seas-exhibition-1889-90 (accessed 20 August 2018)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014