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Fisk Jubilee Singers, about 1905 (3rd of 3)

Fisk Jubilee Singers, about 1905

Another type of music which entertained city audiences from 1874 to the 1920s was spirituals played by visiting troupes of American black minstrels. This group is the Fisk Jubilee Singers, some of whom were ex-slaves. On their 1886 tour the group included Robert Bradford Williams, who later settled as a lawyer in Wellington and served five terms as the mayor of Onslow.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Irene Cox Collection
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Jock Phillips, 'Culture and recreation in the city - Organised culture before 1900', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/25671/fisk-jubilee-singers-about-1905 (accessed 16 December 2019)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 11 Mar 2010