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McAra, W (Wilfred)

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1904 - 1989

biographical statement

Peter McAra was, among other things, a waterfront union official, 1946-1949, and editor of "Peoples voice".

Found in 13 Collections and/or Records:

Auckland Cutters’, Trimmers’, Pressers’ and Other Clothing Employees Union records.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-1
Scope and Contents Primarily correspondence of the Union and papers related to other clothing unions. Amongst the papers in this collection are membership enquires and lists, correspondence with members regarding wages and conditions, representations on behalf of members to the Department of Labour and Employment, and letters of condolence. There is also correspondence relating to Arbitration Court proceedings and cases put before the court by the Union, and the affiliation of the Union with the New Zealand...

Auckland United Flour Mills Employees' Union minutes.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-2
Scope and Contents The bound volume covers the period 30 Jan 1915-1 July 1939 and contains handwritten and typed minutes of union meetings. The union secretary at the time was William Sleeman Moxsom. Included with the volume are a small number of loose papers including letters from the Workers Educational Association. There are also a number of relevant newspaper clippings glued inside the front and back covers of the volume.This collection was donated to the Library in 1969 by Wilfred (Bill) McAra, a...

Barzillai Beckerleg papers.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-2
Scope and Contents Beckerleg’s papers were donated to The University of Auckland Library in 1969 by Wilfred McAra on behalf of the ESPAL society. McAra, a member of the New Zealand Communist Party, worked under Beckerleg’s supervision as a law clerk during the 1920s at the law firm A. Hanna, Solicitors, Auckland. Later McAra was a client of Beckerleg’s, employing him to prepare his will and other legal documents. While the collection contains a small amount of personal papers including family...

Communist Party of New Zealand internal documents.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-89/34
Scope and Contents Includes: 1963 pre-conference discussion bulletins; address by Vic Wilcox to Indonesian comrades, 1963; Report by Wilcox to National Committee, 15 March 1974...[concerning Wilfred McAra].

Communist Party of New Zealand records.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-9
Scope and Contents The papers which make up the core of this collection were donated to The University of Auckland by Wilfred (Bill) McAra a prominent member of Communist Party of New Zealand (CPNZ) on behalf of the ESPAL Society. The papers document the activities of the CPNZ from the 1920s until the early 1970s at both the national and local level. The collection includes papers relating to National and District Conferences, general and local body election campaigns, Communist Party study courses, the...

New Zealand Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners and Joiners' Machinists Union, Auckland Branch records.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-7
Scope and Contents Minutes of meetings and reports of the Auckland Branch of the union, together with miscellaneous copies of British and Australian building trades union publications. Associated materials: MSS & Archives D-31.

Wilfred (Bill) McAra and Diana Wilsie papers.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-89/25
Scope and Contents This collection was embargoed for 20 years until 1998. While still under embargo the five boxes of material received by the library were repackaged into archival boxes in 1989 and accessioned as MSS & Archives 89/25, however the collection remained unlisted until 2009.At the time of donation McAra provided the following description of the sealed material:2 boxes wooden…contain(ing) materials previously held by H. Roth. Plus some additional reports, etc....

Wilfred (Bill) McAra collection on industrial relations on the New Zealand waterfront.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-5
Scope and Contents The papers in this collection cover the period 1946 to 1953 and concern industrial relations on the waterfront in the years leading up to the 1951 waterfront dispute, the dispute itself, and the immediate aftermath. The collection includes minutes, correspondence, notes, reports, pamphlets and clippings. In 1946, the New Zealand Waterside Workers Industrial Union of Workers approached the Waterfront Industry Commission seeking better working conditions, including guaranteed minimum pay....

Wilfred (Bill) McAra papers.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-94/4
Scope and Contents The papers in this collection cover McAra’s years of study and research into Marxist-Leninist ideology and the problems of the working class. They document his membership of the Communist Party of New Zealand and expulsion from the Party; his activities as a pamphleteer; and aspects of his personal and family life. From the early 1960s the papers and records of Diana Miriam Wilsie, are inextricably mixed with those of McAra. The papers were received by the Library in twenty four...

Wilfred (Bill) McAra papers.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-A-139
Scope and Contents The bulk of this collection dates from 1934 to the mid 1960s and includes personal ephemera, photographs, leaflets, bulletins, flyers, notebooks, minutes and agendas. The collection covers the period during which McAra was most active in the Communist Party of New Zealand (CPNZ), but also contains papers relating to his employment in Waihi during the 1930s and with the State Placement Service in Wellington in the early 1940s. In addition, there are papers which relate to McAra’s association...

Wilfred (Bill) McAra papers relating to the building industry in New Zealand.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-11
Scope and Contents This collection comprises drafts, research notes, reports, minutes, newspaper clippings and files relating to the building industry in New Zealand accumulated by Wilfred (Bill) McAra during the period 1935 to 1946.The papers in this collection are rather a mixed bag, some items relate more to material held in MSS & Archives D-10: Papers relating to the Building Investigations Committee of the Wellington Branch of the Carpenters Union, and MSS & Archives D-6: Records of the New...

Wilfred (Bill) McAra papers relating to the New Zealand Building and Allied Trades Federation.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-6
Scope and Contents They comprise papers collected by him during the years he was involved with the Federation and in consequence should not be regarded as a complete set of the Federation’s records. In particular, their sudden termination in 1943 probably reflects the end of McAra’s association with the Federation and his non-association with the new organisation formed on the period 1943 – 1945. This collection should be considered in conjunction with MSS & Archives D-10: Wilfred (Bill) McAra, papers...

Wilfred McAra collection relating to the building industry.

 Collection
Identifier: MSS &-Archives-D-10
Overview The records relate mainly to McAra’s association with the Wellington Branch of the Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners Union between 1938 and 1946. They document McAra’s participation in the Branch’s Housing Committee, later known as the Building Investigation Committee, established in 1938, to investigate the growing housing shortage in New Zealand.