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Wellington Club, 1960s

Wellington Club, 1960s

In the major towns of the young colony businessmen and professionals – such as doctors, lawyers and accountants – banded together to form clubs of their own. These provided facilities for lunching, dining, talking (commonly over a drink), playing billiards or snooker and, especially in the early days, of entertaining the officers of a visiting warship or a newly arrived governor, who could be expected to provide news of the Old Country. The survivors of this array are the Wellington Club (founded 1841), and five reciprocal clubs: the Christchurch club (1856), the Dunedin or Fernhill Club (1858), the Hawke’s Bay Club (1863), the Northern Club in Auckland (1869) and the Canterbury Club (1872).

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Jock Phillips, 'Class - A middle-class society? – class consciousness, 1890 to 1970', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/29738/wellington-club-1960s (accessed 17 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 5 May 2011, reviewed & revised 22 May 2018