Story: Smith, Shirley Hilda Stanley

Defending Bill Sutch

Defending Bill Sutch

In 1975, Shirley Smith’s husband was accused of passing sensitive material to the Soviet Union. Charged with obtaining information that would be helpful to an enemy, he was acquitted but died a few months later. Shirley defended his reputation through her long widowhood.  Here Sutch (left) and Smith arrive at the depositions with Sutch’s lawyer Mike Bungay.

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Reference: EP-1974-6745a-8a-f

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Sarah Gaitanos. 'Smith, Shirley Hilda Stanley', Dictionary of New Zealand Biography, first published in 2019. Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 September 2021)