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First published in March 2011

(The following is an extract from 25/02/11)

Trevor King R.I.P. (1924 - 2011)

Kua hinga he totara i te wao nui a Tane

Six hours following the Christchurch earthquake, one of the city's great characters died, aged 87.  Trevor King was a longtime Kerridge Odeon employee and theatre manager, and for generations of Christchurch children he was known as Uncle Trevor.  With equal affection, to many musicians from Canterbury and beyond, he was known as The Master.

In 1956, with Jim and Ilene Merritt, Trevor King founded the Teenage Club at the Railway Hall in Sydenham.  The Teenage Club featured Christchurch's first rock'n'roll band, led by Jim and Ilene's son - Max Merritt & the Meteors.  Trevor managed Max though till 1963, and other Christchurch talents to receive his assistance included Ray Columbus & the Invaders, Dinah Lee, Dave Miller & the Byrds, Peter Nelson & the Castaways, and many more......  (click here to read more about Trevor at


Click here to read Chris Burke's 'Blue Smoke' blog about Trevor
I first met THE ORIGINAL MASTER in CH-CH 1962, Helen Shapiro Tour.  He was a gem & many overseas as well as local shows would have come into contact with him over the last 55 years.  So I guess the old appliance finally burnt out master.  TREVOR KING, Great guy. - Ray Woolf
I remember Trevor King very well, as a big man who managed the main theatre in Christchurch for KO.  You're right, he was very helpful to us young, long-haired kids when we were touring in the 60's.  Sad to hear he's gone - he must have been well into his 80's, as I remember him as an "Oldie" then!  Mind you, anyone with a bit of grey hair was an oldie in those days!  Look at us now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! - Viv McCarthy
Well that is a sad loss.  Trevor 'Gentleman' King.  What fond memories he brings to me. - Pat Southee

I remember meeting Trevor on several occasions when we went to Christchurch with tours.  I was on tour at least 3 times in the South Island with Max Merritt and the Meteors circa 63-64 - Ian Saxon

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