In 1906 plans were finalised for the first industrial exhibition of an international scale to be held in New Zealand - the 'New Zealand International Exhibition of Arts and Industries'.
The Exhibition was government subsidised and no effort was spared, the buildings were impressive in size and design and included a complete Māori Pā (fortified village). The displays were of a very high standard with significant participation by other British empire countries.
A proposal to issue a set of stamps to commemorate the event was approved by Government.
Mr L J Steel, an Auckland artist, who was well known for his portrayal of Māori and historical subjects, had previously submitted to the Post and Telegraph Department a number of designs of a historical nature. His permission was obtained to use some of these designs for this commemorative stamp issue.
The dies for printing the stamps were engraved by W R Bock of Wellington.
New Zealand Post would like to acknowledge the following for their assistance and guidance in bringing together this stamp issue:
Historical information included on this page sourced from The Postage Stamps of New Zealand published by the Royal Philatelic Society of NZ. Their web site offers further information useful to those interested in the stamps and postal history of New Zealand. Link: https://www.rpsnz.org.nz/
Product Listing for 1906 Christchurch Exhibition
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|Date of issue:||1 November 1906|
|Designers:||L J Steel, Auckland|
|Printers:||Government Printing Office, New Zealand|
|Stamp size:||40mm x 24mm|
|Sheet size:||60 stamps per sheet, in 2 panes of 30|
|Process:||Surface printed - Typography|
|Paper type:||Cowan, NZ and star watermark.|