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Kiwi Concert Party

Identifier: clels4

Scope and Contents

A collection of handwritten notes, newspaper clippings and ‘The Kiwis Souvenir’, profiling prominent entertainers of the Kiwi Concert Parties held in during the Middle Eastern conflict of 1941. Attention is paid to the impersonation and crossdressing of the performers. There is also a focus on backlash against a 1982 made-for-television version of the Kiwi Concert Party, after it used “bad-language”. A ban was subsequently placed on explicit language before 8:30 pm. Publication date range is 1978-1982, ‘The Kiwis Souvenir’ publication date unknown. Subject matter date range is c. 1915-1982.


  • Creation: Collection covers ca 1960-2010

Conditions Governing Access

Access is freely available within the J.C.Beaglehole Room for research and private study. For any use beyond this, please contact the J.C.Beaglehole Room ( in the first instance.


From the Fonds: 100 linear_centimeters (Hutt Valley Independent and Upper Hutt Advertiser (2009.044) has been given a call number (DU401.1 H982) and is located on the Atlas shelving.)

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Repository Details

Part of the Tapuaka Heritage & Archive Collections - JC Beaglehole Reading Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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