2 boxes wooden…contain(ing) materials previously held by H. Roth. Plus some additional reports, etc. Includes Mason – Bailey struggle. Cartons … contain copies of McAra-Wilsie materials … (and) files of correspondence. We would like to have access to this material, should it become necessary in the interim.
MACKfiles in series 4, these papers are most closely related by content and chronology to the papers in MSS & Archives 94/4, series 9 which like these records were embargoed at the time of their donation to the University by McAra and Wilsie. The papers cover the last years of McAra’s membership of the Communist Party of New Zealand prior to his retirement from the Political and National Committees in 1971 and expulsion in early 1974. They also document the beginning of his and Diana Wilsie’s pamphlet writing activities which would continue into the mid 1980’s.
MACKfiles are part of a larger run of similarly numbered files in MSS & Archives A-9, which started with file 2.a when received by the Library in 1969.
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Motive : a New Zealand Unitarian Journalin 1958, Maurice providing the financial backing and Diana acting as circulation manager (The Open Society: Journal of the New Zealand Association of Rationalists and Humanists, Vol. 81, No.3, 2008, p.3).
Black Tuesday, 12 November 1912, striker Frederick George Evans was killed during a fight between strikers, strike breakers and the police at Waihi. The impact of these events on McAra is evident throughout his life.
fired him with desire for political action to emancipate the working class. In the late 1930s, McAra moved to Wellington for a state sector job. He also joined the Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners Union, serving as chairman of its Building Investigation Committee and as the union delegate on a Cabinet building committee. He was also instrumental in the establishment of the New Zealand Building Trades Federation. In April 1940, he began work as a paid organiser for the Carpenters Union.
retiredand were living in Whangamata. From there, they continued to disseminate Marxist - Leninist material through their own press and remained active in workers’ causes.
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