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Theo Walters and the RNZAF showband, Bougainville, 1944 (1st of 2)

Theo Walters and the RNZAF showband, Bougainville, 1944

English musician Theo Walters arrived in New Zealand via Australia with his Personality Band in 1936. His speciality was swing, and the band had regular spots in Wellington and Auckland. This is Walters with the Royal New Zealand Air Force (RNZAF) showband on Bougainville during the Second World War. The band was mainly based in New Zealand and travelled round the country to keep the home front's spirits up. In 1944 it toured the Pacific, entertaining New Zealand and American troops. 

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Chris Bourke, 'Popular music - Wartime music and early recording, 1930s and 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/42619/theo-walters-and-the-rnzaf-showband-bougainville-1944 (accessed 23 August 2019)

Story by Chris Bourke, published 22 Oct 2014