Story: Culture and recreation in the city

Ball, Government House, 1864

Ball, Government House, 1864

Lieutenant-Colonel Edward Williams served in the Taranaki and Waikato campaigns of the New Zealand wars. He also enjoyed a ball at Government House in Auckland in October 1864. He entitled his sketch of the occasion 'The horrors of war', and attached it to his dance card from the evening. Formal balls were fairly common events in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch during the 1850s and 1860s.

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

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Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Organised culture before 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010