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Official Guide to the Government Court: N.Z. Centennial Exhibition

Industries & Commerce Department

Industries & Commerce Department

The focal point of interest in the Industries and Commerce exhibit is a tree standing 18ft. high in a panel 27ft. x 22ft. This tree is described as the "Tree of Commerce" and indicates, by the increase in the size of the foliage in the six branch- es which divide up the period, the expansion in the total overseas trade of the Dominion during the past 100 years.

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The major activities of the Department are suitably portrayed by 14 transparencies included in two panels placed on either side of the base of the tree. In addition, the first panel provides statistics showing the expansion over the past 100 years in the import and export trade of the Dominion to which the tree is linked, while the second panel contains statistical information relative to the growth in factory production as from 1877-78 onwards.

The remainder of the display consists of photographs of industrial and commercial subjects, arranged on the two walls which flank the exhibit.