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Play Readers (group)

 Fonds — Container: 1/1
Identifier: tpre

Scope and Contents

This play reading group, or possibly two separate groups, appears to have existed in Wellington c1916-1926, when lists of characters and the names of the people who were to read them were laid in to copies of the plays, later purchased by the Library from their subsequent owners.

The group was titled variously 'The Readers', 'The Play Readers' and 'The Playreaders'.

Surnames of readers include: 1916: Beaglehole, Baldwin, Wickham, Page, Vickermann, Nicholls, England, Fell, von Haast, Robb, Russell, Broad, Rapley, Porter, Hogg, Coleridge, Caddick, Simm, Tombs, Skelly, Richmond, Lawson, Lawson, Cooke, Kennedy, Isaacs.

1926: Caddick, Broad, Facer, Wauchop, Simm, Fair, Hogg, Grear, Burden, Wilson, Pearson, Nicholls, Page, Coleridge, Corliss, Hannah, Darling, Vickermann.


  • 1915; 1924

Access and use

Access is freely available in 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.


6 linear_centimeters (6 p. and associated volumes)

Language of Materials


Physical Description

Some mould damage

Guide to the collection of 'The Play Readers' papers
In Progress
Nicola Frean
Language of description
Script of description
Code for undetermined script

Repository Details

Part of the J C Beaglehole Room, Victoria University of Wellington Library Repository

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Wellington 6140 New Zealand
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