Story: Exhibitions and world’s fairs

New Zealand's display at the London International Exhibition 1862 (1st of 2)

New Zealand had a prominent position at the 1862 exhibition since it was at the front of the colonial courts, with Western Australia behind. In the foreground of this illustration cabinets of stuffed birds can be seen, while each province was represented by a flag. The Illustrated London News, where this engraving appeared, was not overly impressed by the display and wrote: 'Apart from the manufactured articles of native woods, of which were exhibited some beautiful specimens, the collection was rather of a stern character, consisting mainly of natural products.' These included gold, copper, coal, sulfur, flax and a great variety of wools. There was also a display of Māori weaving and a waka (canoe). There were only 113 exhibitors.

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Reference: Illustrated London News, 15 November 1862, p. 532

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Jock Phillips, 'Exhibitions and world’s fairs - International exhibitions, 1862 to 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 22 Oct 2014