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Norman Douglas political papers.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-96/3

Scope and Contents

The papers in this collection relate to Norman Douglas' secretaryship of the Northern Rubber Workers’ Union, 1958-1962, and of the Auckland District Woollen Mills, Knitting Mills and Hosiery Factories Employees’ Industrial Union of Workers, 1959-1961.

A set of subject files was found among the papers, which had been thought to relate only to unions and to the Parliamentary Committees of which Norman Douglas was Chairman. The files cover the span of his years as an MP. They have been retained as found.

When Labour became the Government in 1972, Norman Douglas failed to gain a place in Cabinet. He was, however, Chairman of various Parliamentary Select Committees. Papers here are from the Select Committee on Women’s Rights 1974-1975, and the Select Committee on Labour 1972-1975. Douglas was also Chairman of the (Labour) Caucus Committee on Labour and Immigration and the collection includes papers relating to that committee from 1970-1975.


  • 1958 - 1975


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted

Biographical / Historical

Norman Vasey Douglas (1910- 1985) was the Labour MP for Auckland Central from November 1960 until his retirement from Parliament in October 1975. Before being elected to Parliament he had a long career as a secretary for various unions including the Coachworkers', Brewery Workers' and Rubber Workers' unions. His sons, Malcolm and Roger (Minister of Finance 1984-88) were also Labour MPs.


1 metres (7 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Switzer Hudson, Department of Political Studies, University of Auckland in January 1992.

Related Materials

MSS & Archives D-4: Norman Douglas Papers, which contain papers relating to the Industrial Conciliation and Arbitration Amendment Act 1961and Vault 125: Norman Douglas further political papers

Inventory of the Norman Vasey Douglas political papers, 1958-1975.
Kay Stead
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Repository Details

Part of the Special Collections, University of Auckland Repository

5 Alfred Street
Private Bag 92019
Auckland 1142 New Zealand