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The Games We Played

The Games We Played

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When:

  • Fri 23 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Thu 29 Sep ’11, 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Where:

Alberton, 100 Mt Albert Road, Mt Albert

Restrictions:

All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $45.00
  • NZHPT members and reciprocal societies: $40.00

When was the first game of cricket played, and did our great great grandmothers play hockey in long skirts and corsets?

When the early settlers came to New Zealand in the 1800s they brought with them their personal possessions, their skills, their music and their knowledge. The more fortunate brought musical instruments and books, but only a few brought sports equipment of any kind. Romantic history and television period dramas leave many of us believing that days were filled with un-ending work and drudgery for the poor, and for the better off, men’s clubs or lady friends with a little gentile bridge playing in-between.

For some this was the case, but the younger emigrants from every class soon left the old ways behind, and men and women found open spaces and a variety of different shaped sports balls to play with.
Alberton and Highwic are two early Auckland homes which were built in the 1800s and were once full of young people playing a variety of games, both indoors and outdoors in the large surrounding grounds.

Max Cryer and Cathie Harrop together with musicians Paul Harrop, Dave Khan and Dave Harrop will entertain you with twilight concerts in the ballrooms of these gracious homes, and take you back to the days when Eden park was an ignored swamp land and young women tried to play tennis in restricting corsets.

Join them for a glass of fine New Zealand wine and an opportunity to view one of these beautiful old Auckland homes. The concerts, which are an hour in length, will start at 6pm. Alberton and Highwic are two-storied beautiful homes from the Victorian era, with much of the original family processions still in place.

Tickets may be booked from 09 479 2361 or email joe@ihug.co.nz. To allow you time to enjoy this glimpse of New Zealand Victorian family life, the doors will be open before each concert at 5pm.

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