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This is an auction for 151 DAYS by Dick Scott.

Subtitled "the Great Waterfront Lockout and Supporting Strikes February 15-July 15, 1951".

From the NZ Herald of 14 December 2000:

"For five long months in 1951, Detective Sergeant David Paterson's job was to stalk protesting wharfies and try to silence them by shutting down their printing presses. Today, as survivors of the 151-day waterfront dispute prepare to commemorate its 50th anniversary in February, Mr Paterson recommends those wanting to know about that tumultuous event to consult a book by a man whose home he once raided. The former Special Branch detective, now 86, was known to the wharfies as "Call Me Dave" for the persistently affable manner in which he tried to squeeze them for information. One of his prime targets was Dick Scott, author of 151 Days. The book is scarce these days, and Mr Paterson regrets lending out a copy which never came back, although he calls it "a bit left-wing" and remains part of that section of society which insists that the 8000 deregistered waterside workers were on strike. Mr Scott was expelled from the Federation of Labour for refusing to retract statements in the book about its irascible president, Fintan Patrick Walsh, who helped the Holland Government to defeat the wharfies. About 12,000 workers struck in their support, but most obeyed Walsh's call to stay at work while the Government drafted in more than 3000 troops to move the country's freight. The dispute is estimated to have cost New Zealand up to £150 million..."

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Paperback 2001.

209 pages.

Illustrations throughout.

Near new condition.

The cost of shipping is $6.95. If you are on rural delivery the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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