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Carina Hickey

Doctor of Philosophy, (History)
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
From coal pit to leather pit: Life stories of Robert Semple

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Robert Semple was one of the most colourful leaders of the twentieth century New Zealand labour movement. In New Zealand history his characterisation is dominated by two public personas: early on as a radical Red Fed and later as a flamboyant Minister of Public Works in the first New Zealand Labour government. This thesis, the first of its kind, examines his life around a number of themes: as an Australian New Zealander; socialist; union organiser; Labour politician and anti-militarist.

Associate Professor Kerry Taylor
Mrs Margaret Tennant