New Zealand Centennial Exhibition (1939-1940 : Wellington, N.Z.)

Opened 8 Nov 1939. Set on a 22.5-hectare site in Rongotai, the centennial fair was designed to mark New Zealand’s centennial by illustrating the progress of the country, rather than to sell goods. The fair was organised by a limited liability company; but the government gave a £50,000 grant and several loans. The government court, with 26 departments, evoked a progressive benevolent welfare state complete with a talking robot, Dr Well-and-Strong. There was a dominion court, with a massive diorama of the country, and women’s and Māori courts. Britain and Australia had their own buildings. Playland, the amusement park, was popular, with the Cyclone roller coaster, the Crazy House and the Laughing Sailor particular highlights. The outbreak of war affected attendance, which, at just over 2.6 million.

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