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New Zealand exhibits at the 1851 Great Exhibition

This page from the official catalogue shows New Zealand's modest display at the Great Exhibition. The country concentrated on its natural resources such as flax, copper ore and coal; but there were also some items such as mats and bags made by Māori (described in the catalogue as 'natives').

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Reference: Official catalogue of the Great Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations. London: Spicer Brothers, 1851, pp. 182–183 (B-K-1113-182; B-K-1113-183)

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Jock Phillips, 'Exhibitions and world’s fairs - The purpose of exhibitions and the Great Exhibition, 1851', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 6 July 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014