In March 1889, Gustave Eiffel completed work on his famous tower in Paris. Just 8 months later, Dunedin was home to New Zealand’s wooden replica Eiffel Tower. It was in fact, one of the attractions at the city’s first South Seas Exhibition which ran through 1889 and 1890.

In the 19th Century, elevators were a new and exciting invention as multi storied buildings began to appear in various cities. The Astral Otis Elevator Company who built the elevators for the Paris tower was given the opportunity to display its technology in New Zealand when a 4 level replica Eiffel Tower was erected as a feature at the Dunedin show. read more