Story: Rural mythologies

Colin Meads (2nd of 2)

Colin Meads

This image was on the cover of The New Zealanders, an illustrative book published in 1975. By that stage very few New Zealanders were actually farmers, yet Colin Meads, All Black rugby hero and farmer, was still seen as the personification of the quintessential New Zealander. Mead’s rural background was generally seen as the reason for his rugby prowess.

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Jock Phillips, 'Rural mythologies - Rural myth lives on, 1945–1975', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 24 Nov 2008