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Wellington Orchestral Society, 1900

Wellington Orchestral Society, 1900

Players from the Wellington Orchestral Society are shown seated with their instruments on the stage of the original Wellington Opera House, in Manners Street, in October 1900. The conductor, J. Maughan Barnett, sits in the centre. Such orchestras were usually made up of the best local amateur players.

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Peter Walls, 'Orchestras - Nineteenth-century orchestras', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 February 2023)

Story by Peter Walls, published 22 Oct 2014