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The New Zealand Centennial Exhibition took place over six months from Wednesday 8 November 1939 until 4 May 1940. It celebrated one hundred years since the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840 and the subsequent mass European settlement of New Zealand. 2,641,043 (2.6 million) visitors attended the exhibition.

The New Zealand Government staged the exhibition with assistance from local government, New Zealand industry and the New Zealand public. The exhibition received support from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Fiji and other Pacific islands who either constructed their own pavilions on site or had displays in one of the exhibition buildings. The exhibition was located in Rongotai next to Wellington Airport. After the exhibition closed the buildings were used as extra accommodation by the Air Force. Following the war they were used to store wool. The buildings burned down in September 1946.

Archives New Zealand hold a number of records relating to the Centennial Exhibition. As many government departments exhibited at the exhibition, we hold the records they created in relation to their participation. We have records from the Public Trust. Department of Māori Affairs, NZ Railways, Department of Conservation and many more. Records relating to the general organisation of the event were created by the Department of Internal Affairs, from where his brochure is found.

Reference: ACGO 8333 IA1 2007 62/4/41

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