Posted by Helen Wilson on 17/10/2012
Peter Fraser, Paddy Webb, Pat Hickey Bill Parry, Tim Armstrong, Michael Joseph Savage, and Bob Semple were all involved 1912 Waihi strike.They took on big money, other workers, the Government and lost. But by 1935 these menÂ were all part of a new Government.
During the 1930â€™s in Kurow in North Otago the town doctor, the local headmaster and the Presbyterian Minister sat around the doctorâ€™s kitchen table and wrote down what would become New Zealand's social security system. Two of them, Arnold Nordmeyer and Girvan McMillan also became part of the reforming 1935 Government with their colleagues from Waihi.
Bob Kerr, who will be judging the painting and craft categories at ARTWaikino has painted images of both these events. He will be talking about them at Te Kauri Hall, Waikino School at 4.30pm on Saturday October 20. This is part of the ArtWaikino art weekend.
His exhibitionÂ â€˜Gold Strikeâ€™ about the 1912 strike opensÂ at theÂ Waihi Arts Centre and Museum on November 11.
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