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  great exhibtion of 1907
by sourbugger

If you happen to be hotelled (is that even a word ?) then take a short walk through 'Herbert park'. It's a rather pleasant municipal park theses days but was once the location for a 'great exhibition'. The 1907 event saw over 3 million punters come through the doors. The British empire provided most of the differing displays and entertainments. Unlike modern jamborees on this scale they knew a thing or two about making money. Probably the most famous feature of the park was the 'Canadian water chute' which made around 4 million pounds profit. The pond in the present day park was the 'landing area' and the pavillion at the entrance was created out of the 'waiting area' for the attraction. The exhibition also features a full-scale somalian village which turned a healthy profit on authentic handicrafts.

Organisers of world fairs, olympics and other such diversions take note.

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  • Updated Apr 30, 2011
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