Official issuer of New Zealand stamps & commemorative coins

1925 Dunedin Exhibition

(No reviews yet) Write a Review

Early in 1925 the organisers of the New Zealand and South Seas Exhibition, which was to open in Dunedin in November of that year, approached the Postmaster-General with a request that a set of commemorative stamps be produced for the event.

Issue information

Mr H Linley Richardson was asked to prepare a suitable stamp design. For the central portion he depicted a view of the Exhibition's Grand Court (which was about 400 metres in length) facing towards the dome of the Festival Hall, with hills in the background. The outside frame was copied from a Māori tāniko pattern.

Like the Christchurch Exhibition, the stamps were only sold at the exhibition and the numbers sold were quite small.

Although the country's population at the time was only 1,250,000, a total of more than 3,000,000 visitors paid for admission to the Exhibition.


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:

Product Listing for 1925 Dunedin Exhibition

Image Title Description Price
Single Stamp Single 1/2d 'Yellow-Green' gummed stamp. 1/2d
Single Stamp Single 1d 'Carmine' gummed stamp. 1d
Single Stamp Single 4d 'Mauve' gummed stamp. 4d

Technical information

Date of issue: 17 November 1925
Designers: H Linley Richardson, Wellington
Printers: Government Printing Office, New Zealand
Stamp size: 40mm x 24mm
Sheet size: 60 stamps per sheet
Process: Surface printed - Typography
Perforation gauge: 14 x 15
Paper type: Cowan chalk surfaced, NZ and star watermark
Period of sale: These stamps remained on sale until 1 May 1926.