Seventy-two years ago, the Centennial Exhibition opens in Wellington (9 November 1939)
The 1940 Centennial exhibition was one of the many ways in which New Zealanders marked 100 years of British government. The exhibition, which was located in Rongotai, attracted over 2.6 million visitors over a period of six months. Below is a colourised view of the exhibition, taken by the official photographer, Eileen Deste. The exhibition’s modernist tower, which is in the centre of the image, was a popular subject for photographs and souvenirs.
You’ll also find a Maori perspective on the Centennial in Slice of Heaven: 20th Century Aotearoa