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Harris, Robert - Papers, letters and clippings pertaining to politics and especially to the Social Credit Political League

 Unprocessed Material — Folder: 1/1
Identifier: 2003-043-Fin


The donor's covering letter states: "After the First World War when he served in Gallipoli and France he returned to his beloved Hokianga where he was a dairy farmer until 1960. He was proud of the fact that he never voted until Social Credit fielded candidates! The national debt was a favourite point of argument and he like many others, was profoundly anti New Zealand's involvement in the Vietnam War, and would travel to Wellington on the Limited Express. After breakfast in the Railway canteen, he would walk across to Parliament to be waiting outside Keith Holyoake's office to give him a piece of his mind. He was in his 80's then and receiving a War Pension due to a shattered leg.

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  • 1950-1972


4 linear_centimeters (2 folders)


Content description (2003/043 – Harris) -- Folder labelled ‘Social Credit Political: Clippings, Letters, etc… Rob Harris (from daughter Patricia Anning. Auckland)’. -- Contents cover period 1930 to 1937 and 1955 to 1972 -- Social Credit Political League (Inc), Hobson Electorate: Agendas, Minutes, Treasurer’s reports and assorted correspondence. Voting brochure - The Responsibility of the Farmer (18 Nov 1935) reference to Prime Minister Forbes (formation of the sector) -- Joint Statement: O’Brien / Weil on formation of Social Credit (25 April 1972) -- Letter to Editor (not stated): Vietnam War (handwritten). Others are dispersed through the folder -- Bank Notes (brochure): The Outlook, 20 June 1945 -- Hand written notes and correspondence (letters to Ed). Harold Wilson Memorial Committee fundraising note. -- Personal notes and correspondence regarding overseas and foreign investment in NZ and references to Vietnam War. (1963 – 1964 – 1967). Others are dispersed through the folder -- Letter from Prime Minister Keith Holyoake re Vietnam war (1979) -- Northern News - letters to the Editor from Robert Harris (1955 – 1970) Others are dispersed through the folder -- New Zealand Herald and Window on Wellington – letters to the Editor and newspaper clippings. Vietnam War, foreign investment, NAC Boeing replacement of Viscounts (1966). Others are dispersed through the folder including near the end of the folder: Waiouru military camp, Dominican Republic, overseas investments, the economy of NZ and Liberal Party, Parliament opening and overseas debt, foreign ownership of NZ land, Comalco Aluminium Smelter. (1963 – 1970). Includes also pages from The New Era (1941) and The Examiner (1937)) -- Order of service for St John’s Day Service Investiture (1979) -- Letter to B.C. Beetham (MP) re; Foreign Investment (1979) -- ‘This money business’ – Newspaper clippings, (overseas/foreign investment), inflation (1963 - 1965). -- “Through Consumption to Prosperity” pamphlet: Arthur Brenton. Others are dispersed through the folder -- Warwick Time and Wage Book No7 (Agricultural Workers’ Wage and Holiday Book). Period covered Dec 1953 to March 1960. (1960) -- Situation 1970. ‘This money business’ – handwritten essay about inflation (1963) -- Monthly abstract Dept Statistics publication (1972) -- ‘Slaves of the Flood’. American Rivers clipping (1930) -- ‘The American Magazine’ clippings - investment (1937) -- Northern Advocate Newspaper - investment (16 Nov 1970) -- The New Era newspaper - investment (Aug and Oct 1941) -- Handwritten note musing ‘…Labour Party to adopt Social Credit and combine with the Social Credit Political League to form one party’. -- “Slaves of the Flood”. Typed foolscap. 6 pages. -- Separate folder: Tax Returns (Robert Hugh Harris: 1954 – 1965)