Can you help find Auckland’s 1960s music venues?

Gareth Shute is one of the Auckland Library Heritage Trust research scholars for 2018. His project is an online map for the NZ music history website, www.audioculture.co.nz, of all the music venues that have existed in Auckland since the early 1900s. He hopes to find both information about and images of these venues through his time researching at Auckland Libraries.

We would love some of our readers to help him locate venues and try to identify some images.

Can anyone identify the locations and people shown in these images below?

Unless noted the bands are also unknown, so please let us know if you spot anyone you recognise. Our wish in displaying these photographs is for the people in the images to be reunited with their family, extended family and other people known to them.

There are a number of ways you can provide us with more information about these images. You can comment at the bottom of this page. You can click on the Heritage Images link which is included in the captions below many of the images. Please note, not all the photographs shown below have been digitised, when there is no link in the caption, it means there is no record on Heritage Images. When you are on the Heritage Images website you can comment by clicking on the 'Tell us more' link on the right hand side. You can also comment by emailing specialcollections@aucklandcouncil.govt.nz

Ref: Rykenberg collection, Unidentified musicians at an unidentified location, 
19 December 1961. Heritage Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-E136-10

Ref: Rykenberg collection. Quin Tikis playing at which location? 21 December 1961.
Heritage Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-E139-12


Ref: Rykenberg collection. Reg Gould on clarinet, but playing with which other musicians and at which venue?
31 December 1961. Heritage Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-E162-24


Ref: Rykenberg collection. Mauri Chan’s band are playing in the background, while these dancers perform
but which venue is this? 1950s. Heritage Collections, Auckland Libraries,1269-E146-9


Ref: Rykenberg Collection. Unidentified singer at unknown venue (possibly the Picasso Coffee Lounge).
11 May 1964. Heritage Collections, Auckland Libraries, 1269-W239-10


Shute is also looking for the location of venues from this era (and slightly earlier). So if you can answer any of the following questions then it would be a great (even if it’s a rough approximation - e.g., “On Karangahape Road near Pitt Street”).

Where as Carlton Cabaret located - somewhere on Karangahape Road?
Ghandhi Hall (circa 1958) - is this the same as the Mahatma Ghandi centre that is now on New North Rd?
Metropole - somewhere on Upper Queen St?
Was Bali Hai in the same location as Embers?

Here’s how Shute’s map for the 1960s is looking so far. Do let us know if you spot any errors or can think of anywhere that should be added:



Author: Gareth Shute

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  1. Ghandi Hall was in Victoria Street, across the road from the Empire Tavern

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    1. Thank you! - Zoë, Heritage Collections Librarian

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  2. Just tried to send an email to the address you listed but it bounced back. A small piece of info to share re: the location of the Gandhi Hall – it was on Victoria St and linked to the Gujarati School (see History, here: http://www.aiai.org.nz/gandhi-gruh-gujarti-school/).

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    1. Thank you for this information! Sorry, I made a typo with the Special Collections email, it has been corrected in the blog post now. - Zoë, Heritage Collections Librarian

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  3. David Register Gould on clarinet Jack Robert's on piano. Somewhere in Otahuhu possibly the country club. David Hardy on drums. Dave still plays drums in his local brass band!

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  5. 1269-E162-24 Dave is sure it was the Clevedon country club

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  6. Thank you! Great to have this information! - Zoë, Heritage Collections Librarian

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  7. In Anna Hoffman's first book, on her time in Auckland Central before departing for Sydney, she discusses a number of venues that were used for music performance and dances at the time. These date from the early-mid 1950s. A little earlier than you're looking at but may still be relevant.

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    1. Thanks for this information Darian! Zoë, Heritage Collections Librarian

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  8. The Metropole became the Peter Pan Cabaret, in the last block on the left at the top of Queen St, a few doors up from what was later Geddes Dental Renovations (492 Queen St, cnr City Rd).

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    1. Thanks Graham! Great to have that venue address. - Zoë, Heritage Collections Librarian

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  9. The bass guitarist in the top 2 pics is the late Bill Rawhiti/Rafferty (later with the 1962-3 Quin-Tikis lineup). In the second pic, along with Bill, at far right is Gugi or Nukl Waaka/Walker. The third pic features an early version of the Keil Isles with Olaf (left) and Herma (or Freddy?) Keil on guitars, Klaus Keil on drums, possibly Rudolph Keil on bass and maybe Norman Akers on piano? The pic with the empty stage is probably of the "Bel Air" coffee bar (Queen St, opp. Town Hall), where Gene & The Dynamites had a residency.

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    1. Thanks for that. However, when you say "third pic", I assume you are referring to the last image (which we removed since we found the location). If so, that's really helpful to know! Hopefully we can prioritise that roll to get properly digitised. More recently, the library have put up another set of images of the Quin Tikis with Bill, Gugi and drummer Gimmick Cameron, but if you can identify any of the others that would be awesome!:
      http://www.aucklandcity.govt.nz/dbtw-wpd/exec/dbtwpub.dll?BU=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.aucklandcity.govt.nz%2Fdbtw-wpd%2FHeritageImages%2Findex.htm&AC=QBE_QUERY&TN=heritageimages&QF0=ID&NP=2&MR=5&RF=HIORecordSearch&QI0=%3D%221269-L591-2%22

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    2. Thanks heaps for these identifications Graham! Great news! - Zoë, Heritage Collections Librarian

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  10. Good idea Gareth! Some of the central Auckland clubs can't be input on a 2018 google map as the streets have changed -

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