1913 Auckland Exhibition
Encouraged by the success of the Christchurch Exhibition seven years
earlier, the 'Auckland Industrial, Agricultural and Mining
Exhibition' was held between the 1st of December 1913 and the 18th of
April 1914. Unlike the Christchurch Exhibition, however, the issue of
commemorative stamps was an afterthought.
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On the 29th of October
1913, the Auckland Philatelic Society wrote to the Postmaster-General
suggesting the overprints. This was hastily approved and on the 11th of
November the Government Printer was instructed to overprint 'AUCKLAND
EXHIBITION, 1913' on four of the Edward VII definitives. There was
insufficient time to inform the Universal Postal Union of the issue, and so
the stamps were only valid for postage within New Zealand.
stamps were printed and even then, a large number were left unsold at the
end of the exhibition and destroyed, making the 3d and 6d the scarcest New
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