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Predicate Object 07 Nov 2005 2005-11-07T00:00:00.000Z 2005-11-07T00:00:00.000Z 1991.313.17 Collection of Auckland Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira, 1991.313.17 2005-11-07T00:00:00.000Z 1 2020-12-16T01:19:31.194Z 55,_New_Zealand commemoration/wars club, entertainment/social clubs/recreation Entertainment clubs, modelled on the Savage Club in London flourished in most New Zealand cities and towns in the period 1880-1950. Called Savage Clubs or the kindred Orphan's Clubs, they provided an outlet for the performance of drama and music. The savage motif 'Bohemmianism' and late Victorian attitudes are evident in the club's activities. They are an important aspect of the amateur music and theatre culture of the times. The Club's ritual is based on Maori culture. For example, the leader, or rangatira, wears a cloak. Other members of the tribe or hapu include ariki and tohunga. The Club's meetings are called korero, and the decorations of the Club also borrow from Maori culture. [ref. Allen Thomas 'A Bit of a Hoo-Ha: The Savage Clubs - a New Zealand Institution' lecture given at the Stout Research Centre, 27.5.1998 Auckland Savage Club memorial trophy, WW1-WW2 chromed shell-case on wooden base inscribed: WE WILL REMEMBER / THE SAVAGES WHO SERVED / AND GAVE THEIR LIVES / 1914-19 . . . 1939-45 regimental badges attached to side of shell case: Kia Mate Toa (badge of 33rd Reinforcements); 23rd Reinforcements badge; NZ Onward badge; NXXVZ trophy, memorial
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