Kōrero: Gender diversity

Kiwi Concert Party, 1944

Kiwi Concert Party, 1944

In petticoats and bonnets, Bill Bain and Tom Martin of the Kiwi Concert Party kick up their heels for New Zealand troops in the Volturno Valley, Italy, in 1944. This renowned unit was formed by General Bernard Freyberg to take music and comedy revue performances to the New Zealand division in the field. For four years the concert party followed the path of hostilities through the Middle East and Italy. Its members were fully infantry-trained and armed – and sometimes, as in the German invasion of Crete, found themselves under fire. They sang and danced to a high standard, often wearing women's costumes since no women were allowed in combat zones. Their cross-dressing did not suggest an unconventional sexuality or gender identity.

Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi

Alexander Turnbull Library, War History Collection (DA-01514)
Reference: DA-05760
Photograph by George Kaye

Permission of the Alexander Turnbull Library, National Library of New Zealand, Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa, must be obtained before any re-use of this image.

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Johanna Schmidt, 'Gender diversity - Cross-dressers, drag queens and kings', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/28883/kiwi-concert-party-1944 (accessed 26 February 2021)

He kōrero nā Johanna Schmidt, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011, updated 1 Jul 2015