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This information was published in 1966 in An Encyclopaedia of New Zealand, edited by A. H. McLintock. It has not been corrected and will not be updated.

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Alley, Rewi, M.M.

(1897– ).

Secretary, Asian-Pacific Peace Liaison Committee, Peking.

Rewi Alley was born on 2 December 1897 at Springfield, Canterbury, New Zealand, and was educated at Christchurch Boys' High School. He served with the First New Zealand Expeditionary Force in 1917–18 and was awarded the Military Medal. From 1920 to 1925 he was a sheep farmer near Waverley. He then went to China. For many years he was closely associated with the Baillie Industrial School at Sandan and, from 1943 to 1949, served on its teaching faculty. He has published many works, including some translations of Chinese poetry. Rewi Alley is, at present, secretary for the Asian-Pacific Liaison Committee in Peking.