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Obituary — Gerry Evans

Gerry Evans (1937-2008) One-time seaman, wharfie and union leader, writer Gerry Evans of Wellington jokingly asked that his ashes be scattered in Karori Library. Born in Wales, he went to sea as a 16-year-old, and didn’t begin writing until 1994,…
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A wicked look Gerry Evans

Between the Lines: A Cartoon Century of New Zealand Political History, 1906-2005 Ian F Grant New Zealand Cartoon Archive, $39.00, ISBN 0958232040 Jews, Maori, Chinese, unionists, socialists, Red-feds, imbibers, wowsers, women, wharfies and, most frequently of all, politicians, have all…
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The grit and the grog, Gerry Evans

Crew Culture: New Zealand Seafarers under Sail and Steam Neil Atkinson Te Papa Press, $39.95, ISBN 0909010818 An Errand of Mercy: Captain Jacob Eckhoff and the loss of the Kakanui Redmer Yska Banshee Books, $29.95, ISBN 0473076993 “For more than…
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“Bastards I have sailed with” Gavin McLean

Where Giants Dwell: a Sailor’s Tale Gerry Evans David Ling, $34.95, ISBN 0 908990 60 X In just three decades, first the container/bulk cargo handling revolution and then the Employment Contracts Act have virtually gutted the once mighty maritime unions.…
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