Dunedin Exhibition

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 Maori taniko pattern. 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.

1925 Dunedin Exhibition - 1/2d
Yellow-Green

1925 Dunedin Exhibition - 1d
Carmine

1925 Dunedin Exhibition - 4d
Mauve

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