Sydney International Exhibition

EXPO Sydney 1879

The Sydney International Exhibition
BIE-class Unrecognized exposition
Name Sydney International Exhibition
Building Garden Palace
Area 6.1 hectares (15 acres)
Invention(s) Elevator
Visitors 1,045,898
Country New South Wales
City Sydney
Venue The Domain
Coordinates 33°51′52.56″S 151°12′46.55″E / 33.8646000°S 151.2129306°E / -33.8646000; 151.2129306
Opening September 17, 1879 (1879-09-17)
Closure April 20, 1880 (1880-04-20)
Universal expositions
Previous Exposition Universelle (1878) in Paris
Next Melbourne International Exhibition (1880) in Melbourne

The Sydney International Exhibition in 1879 was the first World's Fair at the southern hemisphere.[1]

After being granted self-governance during the 1850s the Australian colonies, Victoria and New South Wales, saw a steady economic growth as result of the discovery and exploitation of gold reserves. After 20 years proposals were made for organizing an exhibition modelled on the great exhibitions of Europe, with an aim to promote commerce and industry, along with art, science and education. In 1879 Melbourne filed a plan to the Parliament. However Sydney wanted to be the first and managed to organize an exhibition in record time.[2]

The Sydney International Exhibition opened in the autumn of 1879, but it wasn't really universal and therefore not officially recognized by the Bureau of International Expositions. Melbourne decided to start their exhibition shortly after the one in Sydney, so the participants could transport their exhibits during the winter of 1880.[2] After the exhibitions many of the exhibits were selected to be at display in the Technological, Industrial and Sanitary Museum (now the Powerhouse Museum). The Garden Palace itself was used by the government until a fire destroyed the building in 1882.[3]

See also


  1. "Sydney International Exhibition 1879". Powerhouse Museum. 17 September 2009. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  2. 1 2 Mattie, Eric (1998). Weltausstellungen (in German). Stuttgart/Zürich: Belser Verlag. p. 54. ISBN 3-7630-2358-5.
  3. "The 1879 Sydney International Exhibition". Powerhouse Museum. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
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