Badge, Bluff Waterside Workers Band; Unknown Maker; 1920-1950; BL.B010.16
Badge, Bluff Waterside Workers BandAbout this object
This is a hat badge from the Bluff Waterside Workers Band.
The Bluff 'wharfies' band was active in the 1930s. The first reference we can find to the Bluff Band is in an Evening Star article dated 28 February 1935 under the heading Trade Union Bands. The article notes that there were two such bands in New Zealand at the time namely the Auckland and Bluff Waterside Workers' Bands.
The article refers to the defunct Wellington Waterside Workers' Band' whose instruments ultimately found their way to the Bluff Band after being seized by a Court Bailiff at a competition.
The Trade Union Bands were part of New Zealand's wider Trade Union movement and competed in inter band competitions as well as playing at Union events such as Labour day celebrations and workers' picnics. We don't yet know when the Bluff Waterside Workers Band wound up.
inorganic, processed materials, metal, copper alloy, brass.
inorganic, processed materials, metal, silver alloy.
h 30 mm x l 45 mm x d 8Subject and Association Keywords
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