After World War II many Auckland teenagers had jobs, which meant they had the means and the time to enjoy the freedom of dance halls and night clubs playing pop, rock and roll music and jive. There were many inner city night club and dance venues that served soft drinks only.
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre (known as “St Septs”) dances in Khyber Pass were easy to attend as it was close to most tram and bus routes in Auckland.
|Ref: Auckland Council, the Holy Sepulchre Church in Khyber Pass, Auckland, c. 1960-1979, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 435-C5-67A|
|Ref: Auckland City Council, council employees and a drain unblocking vehicle outside the Orange Coronation Hall, Newton Road, Auckland, c. 1940s, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 580-435|
|Ref : Photographer unknown, Crystal Palace Theatre, Mount Eden Road, Mount Eden, 1986, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1052-K6-20|
|Ref: Auckland Weekly News, the 5th annual movie ball held in the Peter Pan Cabaret, Queen Street, Auckland, 8 July 1936, Sir George Grey Special Collections, AWNS-19360708-55-2|
|Ref: Photographer unknown, engagement celebration at the Peter Pan Cabaret,1960, personal photograph from the McGlashan Family Collection|
Keen to find out more? Check out these resources from Auckland Libraries collections:
- Discover more information on Auckland night clubs and dance halls by searching Index Auckland and by viewing the New Zealand Music Scrapbooks and other heritage resources included in the Sir George Grey Special Collections
- Search the New Zealand Card Index and read an earlier Heritage et AL blog post to find out more about Phil Warren, who was known as the “king of nightclubs”.
- Macnaughton, Don. (no date). ‘Sounds of New Zealand popular music: a checklist of 1165 LPs, EPs and cassettes recorded by New Zealand rock, jazz and folk musicians from 1958 to April 1987'. You can also access this resource online
- Watkins, Roger. (1995). ‘Hostage to the beat: the Auckland scene, 1955-1970.
Author: Anna McGlashan, West Auckland Research Centre