- Late 19th – Early 20th Century Programmes 1
Smoke concert. (Dunedin Orchestral Association in conjunction with the Dunedin Liedertafel Quartette). Watson’s Large Room, Dunedin, May 26, 1886.
concerts were an attempt to emulate a social style of entertainment that was
popular at the time in London and Australia. These concerts were not public - attendance
was by subscription and exclusively for men. Watson’s Large Room was located in
High Street, Dunedin.
Liedertafel was formed in 1886 for the practice and performance of music for
male voices, and changed its name to Dunedin Male Choir in 1915.
Richard McCall’s Scotch concerts. Choral Hall, Dunedin, Mar. 20, 1889.
McCall’s Scotch concerts consisted of recitals of humorous Scottish pieces and
vocal selections by a number of supporting ladies and gentlemen. The Choral
Hall, originally known as the Temperance Hall, was in the Oxford Buildings
which still stand in Moray Place.
Literary and elocutionary treat: Popular entertainment consisting of miscellaneous poetic recitals, dramatic, pathetic and humorous. E. Tennyson Smith. City Hall, Dunedin, June 24, 1892.
Tennyson Smith was a renowned English lecturer, elocutionist and Christian
prohibitionist who toured widely throughout New Zealand and whose recitals
attracted huge audiences. The venue, City Hall, was in Dowling Street, Dunedin.
Shaun Aroon. Charles Townsend. An Irish engagement. (St Joseph’s Dramatic Club). His Majesty’s Theatre, Dunedin, Mar. 17-18, 1904.
capacity crowd at His Majesty’s Theatre viewed this Irish-themed dramatic
double-header on St Patrick’s Day, 1904. The entertainment was provided by
members of St Joseph’s Dramatic Club in aid of funds for St Joseph’s Hall,
which had opened in 1899 to serve the social wants of the congregation of the
St Joseph’s parish.
U.A.O.D. grand concert. (United Ancient Order of Druids). Volunteer Hall, Mosgiel, June 17, 1904.
Order of Druids was a revival of the ancient Druids that occurred in late 18th
century England. Lodges were subsequently established in America, Australia
and, in the 1870s, New Zealand. Dunedin’s lodge opened in 1880.
The Volunteer Hall was the home of the East Taieri Rifles
and stood adjacent to the former Commercial Hotel on the corner of Gordon and
St. Patrick's Day grand national entertainment. Garrison Hall, Dunedin, Mar. 18, 1907.
Garrison Hall in Dowling Street hosted this Irish-themed entertainment to a
large crowd, with proceeds in aid of the extinction of debt on St Joseph’s Hall
in Rattray Street.