Photo Hunt October: The Christchurch Banjo, Mandolin and Guitar Orchestra, 1907

The Christchurch Banjo, Mandoline and Guitar Orchestra, 1907. .
Entry in the 2013 Christchurch City Libraries Photo Hunt. PH13-34 Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 New Zealand License.

Under its Honorary conductor, Mr Joseph Wright, the orchestra gave several notable performances in the early 1900s, where it earned a reputation for “honest and tuneful work”.    . At the King’s Theatre “The programme was a not too ambitious one, but each item was given nicely and brightly”. On their annual visit to Sunnyside Hospital they were given “three hearty cheers” at the end. At an advertised performance at the Choral Hall, patrons were invited to “Come and hear the wonderful Boy Banjoist, Master D’Arcy Wright”.

Many of the instruments (including Harp-guitar) are stamped The Gibson – worth a fortune today!

Information sourced from The Star. – See more on Papers Past

Christchurch City Libraries has been running an annual Photo Hunt in conjunction with the city’s Heritage Week since 2008.  The 2016 Photo Hunt is running again from 1 – 31 October. During the month of October we will be posting a series of images from earlier Photo Hunts.

Enter the 2016 hunt online or at your local library.

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