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Poster for the Royal Victoria Coffee Hall 1136

Poster for the Royal Victoria Coffee Hall 1136

Printer: Williams & Strahan

Medium: Print on paper

Date: 1881

Shelfmark: Evan.1136

Item number: 1136

Genre: Poster

This poster features a group of minstrels playing at The Royal Victorian Hall. Minstrels had painted black faces, and entertained audiences by dancing and playing the banjo. The Moore and Burgess Minstrels started out under the name ‘Christies’ and composed of 12 members but by the 1870s there were only 2 members left, Pony Moore and Frederick Burgess. They started their own group and became very successful. The Mohawk Minstrels were a well established group who played in the Agricultural Hall, for this particular event the different groups came together to perform.

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