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Music and dancing banned, 1868

Music and dancing banned, 1868

As this 1868 newspaper report shows, music and dancing was allowed in Otago’s pubs and hotels only when a permit had been obtained. In this case it appears to have been accepted that the music was provided by those dancing, no women were present and no money was made from the high-jinks. Nonetheless the unfortunate publican was fined and made to pay the prosecution’s costs.

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Reference: Otago Daily Times, 17 January 1868, p.4

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Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Origins and development of nightclubs', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013