Meet me at Begg’s is a history of one of the most successful businesses founded during New Zealand’s time as a British colony. Established in 1861 by Scottish settlers to Dunedin, ‘Begg’s’ expanded its original Otago base until it was operating branches throughout the country. For over 100 years Begg’s dominated the retail music business in New Zealand and was well-known throughout the country and overseas.
“Meet me at Begg’s is a big enjoyable read”. Manawatu Herald
Published by Ngaio Press, Wellington, this in-depth history examines the rise and fall of a fascinating business and its impact on the social history of New Zealand. From piano manufacturing, music publishing, concert promotion and musical retailing through to gramophones and radios, Begg’s meant music to many generations of New Zealanders.
Hardback, full colour and with over 350 illustrations Meet me at Begg’s is not only an important addition to the story of music in New Zealand but a sumptuous record of one of the most enduring businesses in New Zealand’s history.
Available from all booksellers at NZ$49.95 or from the author.
Review A Passionate Affair: Llewellyn Owen & Music, by Margaret Bean. Crescendo, Bulletin of the International Association of Music Libraries (NZ), No 98, February/March 2016
Begg’s: the Musical and Electrical Centre, Audioculture, New Zealand On Air, January 2016
Begg’s War , Crescendo, Bulletin of the International Association of Music Libraries (NZ), No 95, August/September 2014
Strike up the Band – Begg’s Musical Army, New Zealand Memories, October/November 2014
Begg’s and Music Education in New Zealand, Ritmico, Institute of NZ Registered Music Teachers’ Journal, April 2014
Selling and Making Music at Begg’s, Otago Settlers’ Association News, March 2013
Writing the history of Charles Begg & Co , The New Zealand Genealogist, November/December 2009
Contributed composer biographies to Farewell Zealandia: Forgotten Kiwi Songs of WWI, the 2015 exhibition developed by Te Manawa Museum of Art, Science and History, Palmerston North of original New Zealand compositions from WW1. The exhibition later toured New Zealand.