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Minesweeper Captain and Labour Parliamentarian, Phil Connolly
By Rosemary Jamieson


324 pages
Other Information: Illustrations
Published In: New Zealand, 18 November 2009

Born in South Dunedin in 1899, Phil Connolly worked as an engine fitter at the Hillside Railway Workshops until the outbreak of World War II. On departure for war he was described as 'one of the most prominent members of the Labour Party in Dunedin - a young man with a decided future'. Connolly commanded the minesweepers hms Deodar in the English Channel and hmnzs Moa on anti-submarine duties in the Atlantic and Pacific. In 1943 he was elected to Parliament and represented Dunedin West (later renamed Dunedin Central) for twenty years. He served a total of 27 years as a Dunedin city councillor and member of the Otago Harbour and Hospital boards. From 1957-60 Phil Connolly was Minister of Defence and Minister of Police. He was described as 'an eminent statesman and Minister of the Crown who devoted his life to the advancement of the people of New Zealand' and a man whose 'forthright honesty and unquestioned integrity, together with his wide experience of life, both in peace and war, had combined to make him an outstanding Minister'.

ISBN: 1877448818
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