Auckland Exhibition

The Auckland Exhibition was a world's fair held in Auckland Domain Park, Auckland, New Zealand in 1913 and 1914.[1]


The Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining Exhibition[2] the fair was opened on 1 December by the chairman of the fair (George Elliott) with the prime minister (William Massey) and Auckland's mayor (Peter Dignan) in attendance. A message of welcome was read from the king.[3] There were 18000 attendees on the opening day.[2] It ran until 18 April 1914[4]

Entrance to the fair

Exhibits and entertainment

Exhibition buildings included a concert hall, art gallery,[5] machinery court,[6] palace of industries[7] and exhibition tower[8]

Entertainments in the fair's Wonderland[8] included water shute, tobaggons, a figure 8 railway[2] and a tea room[5]

Postage Stamps

Forged overprints on 1913 New Zealand stamps.

Stamps were issued to mark the exhibition, but although the monarch was now George V the stamps commemorating the event were overprints of Edward VII stamps.[9] Few were sold, and forgeries are now common.[9]


  1. Findling, John E; Pelle, Kimberley D (eds.). "Appendix D:Fairs Not Included". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 427. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  2. 1 2 3 "Papers Past NZ Truth 13 December 1913 AUCKLAND EXHIBITION OPENED.". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  3. "02 Dec 1913 - AUCKLAND EXHIBITION. MESSAGE FROM THE KING.". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  4. "OUTPOST: Welcome to Auckland". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  5. 1 2 "View of the Concert Hall and Art Gallery, Auckland Exhibition, Auckland Domain". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  6. "View of Wonderland, Auckland Exhibition, Auckland Domain, looking towards the water chute". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  7. "View of the Palace of Industries and towers, Auckland Exhibition, taken at night to show the illuminations". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  8. 1 2 "View of Wonderland from Exhibition Tower, Auckland Exhibition, Auckland Domain". Retrieved 23 April 2012.
  9. 1 2 "Commemoratives: Christchurch and Auckland Exhibitions". Retrieved 23 April 2012.

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