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The Birth & Growth of NZ's Brass Band Movement 1840s-1920s


Fri 24 Mar 2017, 12:10pm–1:00pm

Where: National Library of New Zealand, 70 Molesworth Street, Thorndon, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Admission: Free


Listed by: Joan McCracken

Historian Peter Clayworth will trace the growth of New Zealand brass bands from the arrival of the first military bands in the 1840s through to the ‘Golden Age’ of brass bands in the early twentieth century. He will discuss the important place bands had in both Pākehā and Māori societies over this period.

The talk will cover the social role of bands, including the fight to play music on a Sunday, the huge popularity of band competitions, the part union Brass bands played in the industrial struggles of the early 1900s, and the contribution of bands during the Great War.

About the speaker:
Dr Peter Clayworth is a professional historian based in Wellington. He has worked for the Waitangi Tribunal, the Department of Conservation and Te Ara- the encyclopedia of New Zealand.

Location is Te Ahumairangi (ground floor) National Library, corner Molesworth and Aitken Streets.

No need to RSVP, but email - if you would like more information.

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