Story: City styles

Chez Eelco coffee house, Nelson, 1962 (1st of 2)

Chez Eelco coffee house, Nelson, 1962

Modern cafés and coffee houses started opening in New Zealand cities from the 1950s. They were often run by continental European immigrants, and had European-influenced décor and food. The Chez Eelco coffee house was opened by Dutch immigrant Eelco Boswijk in Nelson in 1960. The café was instantly popular, and became a centre of artistic and cultural life in the city. This 1962 photo shows musicians entertaining the diners, while people queue for tables in the background. Chez Eelco closed in 2004.

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Nelson Provincial Museum, Nelson Photo News Collection
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Photograph by Barry Simpson

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Kerryn Pollock, 'City styles - Cities and culture creation', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 September 2021)

Story by Kerryn Pollock, published 11 Mar 2010