Story: Dancing

Dancing between battles, 1864

A well-filled dance card can be seen below this sketch of a ball at Government House in Auckland in 1864. The artist was Lieutenant Colonel Edward Williams, who served in the Waikato and South Taranaki campaigns of the New Zealand wars.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: A-284-027
Watercolour by Edward Arthur Williams

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Megan Cook, 'Dancing - Dancing in 19th-century New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 August 2022)

Story by Megan Cook, published 5 Sep 2013