Georgina Beyer  [image: supplied]

Georgina Beyer

Georgina Beyer

In this podcast Georgina remembers some of the clubs, venues and personalities in Wellington from the mid-1970s and her time in Auckland in the 1980s. Georgina has also recorded a life history and interviews about significant legislation (prostitution reform, civil unions and foreshore and seabed) and memorable moments.

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"Well I came onto the scene, so to speak, and Iā€™m talking about the twilight world of the Vivian Street scene I guess, in 1976. I had had a part-time job at the Royal Oak Hotel, which was a major hostielry of the day in Wellington, which had a couple of fascinating bars to it. One was famously known as The Bistro Bar, which was populated by an eclectic mix of life, everything from drag queens to trannies to prostitutes ā€“ male and female ā€“ sailors, it was quite a sort of rough bar, really, but full of all... read full transcript

Citation information

Record date:27th January 2013
Interviewer:Gareth Watkins