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Wellington cafe culture

  • Wellington cafe culture

    Café culture has become integral to Wellington's identity. This culture began in the 1930s with the emergence of the milk bar, followed by coffee houses in the 1950s. After a period of decline in the 1960s and 70s, the city's café scene has grown in spectacular fashion over the last 20 years.

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  • Page 2 – Overview

    Wellington city centre is renowned for its flourishing café scene and the culture it inhabits. But it was nearly 1950 before there was much sign of the sparkling capital

  • Page 3 – Immigration and Society

    The rise of coffee houses in the 1940s, 50s and 60s was not a phenomenon confined to Wellington, or indeed to New Zealand. The connection between the history of cafe

  • Page 4 – Design and technology

    New construction materials and equipment fashioned the cafe culture rising in the 1950s. Wellingtonians were introduced to the espresso machines as European styled cafes

  • Page 5 – Music and cafe culture

    Entertainment generally and music in particular have always been a part of the Wellington cafe scene.

  • Page 6 – Personalities

    New Zealand in the 1940s and 1950s has been described as a drab and uniform place. From the late 1950s, however, a café culture was established throughout the country

  • Page 7 – Further information

    Sources on Wellington cafe culture.

Life in the 20th century

  • Life in the 20th century

    Exploration of everyday life in New Zealand from 1900 to the mid-1980s

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  • Page 3 - Time outAs a modern society began to evolve in New Zealand in the early twentieth century, a new concept of 'leisure time' began to emerge

US Forces in New Zealand

  • US Forces in New Zealand

    Seventy years ago, in June 1942, the first American soldiers landed on New Zealand soil, to begin an 'invasion' which would have a profound impact on both visitors and hosts over the next 18 months.

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  • Page 6 – Having fun NZ Style

    For many people of both nations the most memorable aspect of the American invasion was the home visits. Often these were arranged formally, with New Zealand families signing up

Parliament's people

  • Parliament's people

    Today there are 120 MPs in New Zealand's Parliament, which is a far cry from the 37 who met for the first time in Auckland in 1854.

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  • Page 5 - Social lifeIn the early years, Parliament was a little like a superior gentlemen's club.