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Gary Clover collection relating to race relations.

Identifier: MSS-Archives-A-127

Scope and Contents

These papers were given to the Library in 1973/4 by Mr Gary Clover who was involved in anti-apartheid activities in Auckland between 1968 to 1974. These years saw protests in New Zealand against contact with South Africa in various sports, culminating in the banning of a Springbok rugby tour by the Labour Government under Norman Kirk in 1973. The papers are not the official records of the organisations represented, rather they are the personal collections of a committed activist who served at different times and in different capacities with CARE, HART and the Apartheid Information Service.

The newspaper clipping collections are extensive. They provide a detailed coverage of events connected with race relations in South Africa, but also in other parts of Africa (Uganda, Rhodesia, etc); and of New Zealand's (and Australia's) own racial problems.

On donating the papers Mr Clover set aside certain items which he did not wish to be consulted until 1994. These have been retained in Box 6 at the end of the collection.


  • 1968 - 1972


Conditions Governing Access

Not restricted.

Biographical / Historical

Since 2003 Gary Clover has been the Methodist Presbyter at Stoke Methodist Church, Nelson. Clover studied History at the University of Auckland between 1967 and 1973, graduating with a M.A. with First Class Honours in 1974. His thesis was titled "Christianity Among the South Taranaki Maoris, 1840-53; a study of the Wesleyan Mission at Waimate South".

Clover then trained as a Librarian and has worked at the Alexander Turnbull Library and the Canterbury Public Library. In 1987 he completed a BD of Theology at Otago University.


0.6 metres (6 boxes)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Mr G. Clover, 1973-74.

Related Materials

Gary Clover papers re proportional representation campaigns. MSS & Archives Vault 154.



Inventory of the Gary Clover collection relating to race relations, 1968-1972.
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