Story: Opera and musical theatre

'Come canoeing down the Wanganui'

'Come canoeing down the Wanganui'

The light opera, Marama: the mere and the Maori maid, was a triumph when it was performed by Frederick Augustus Bennett's Maori Opera Company in 1920. As a result songs from the opera, such as 'Come canoeing down the Wanganui', were sold as sheet music. 

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: Archibald Don and Henry Sydney Buttle Ribbands, Come canoeing down the Wanganui. Hastings: Ribbands and Don, 1920 (B-K-1072-COVER)

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How to cite this page:

Lindis Taylor, 'Opera and musical theatre - Composers', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/ephemera/41896/come-canoeing-down-the-wanganui (accessed 5 June 2020)

Story by Lindis Taylor, published 22 Oct 2014