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Club manager, 1921

Club manager, 1921

Theo Tresize, shown here wearing a turban and a mischievous expression, ran the Wellington Cabaret Club in Goring Street, Wellington, in the 1920s. Before managing the club, Tresize had worked as a professional dancer – performing the latest American dances with partner Liane le Fevre – and as producer of ‘The Kiwis’, the First World War New Zealand Division entertainers. A 1921 university capping review included a song written in his honour (sung to the tune of ‘Rajah of Bhong’ from the musical play A country girl). One verse referred to Tresize ‘laying the foundations of Goring Street’.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, S. P. Andrew Collection (PAColl-3739)
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Photograph by Stanley Polkinghorne Andrew

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How to cite this page:

Redmer Yska, 'Nightclubs - Cabarets and wartime clubs, 1920s to 1950s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 October 2021)

Story by Redmer Yska, published 5 Sep 2013