ESPALis an acronym for the Economic Social Political and Literary Society. This society was registered in June 1964 by Bill McAra, his partner Diana Wilsie and other members of the CPNZ as an independent organisation, partly in response to the Communist Party losing out on a number of bequests from supporters. It was felt a donation to the ESPAL society would be less likely to be contested than a bequest to the Communist Party of New Zealand (MSS & Archives 89/25, item 2/25). It was to the ESPAL society that McAra transferred the ownership of his Hayden Street House in 1965 as part of the process of gifting the property to the CPNZ.
big shotismbrought against McAra by other members of CPNZ in the early 1970s. McAra was accused of setting up a bureau consisting of himself and Wilsie, presumably this means the ESPAL society,
without the knowledge of the Party and dispersing Party documents to various institutions and individuals outside the Party(MSS & Archives 89/25, item 2/15). McAra defending himself describes the disputed archives as follows:
The so-called(MSS & Archives 89/25, item 2/15 - BH is Beth Hollis).Archivesare confined to a number (approximately a dozen) packages of papers. They were packed in black cellophane and put under seal in Auckland University for periods of 20 and 30 years. They include a very large part of my personal writings. Many had already been published. There are also some Party documents and some minutes. The University authorities are not aware of the contents of these packages. Sealed inside each is a list of contents. The only other copies of lists were in a file I handed to BH.
3.5 metres (31 boxes)
Part of the Special Collections, The University of Auckland Repository