Story: Cold War

1951 waterfront dispute

Some conservatives believed that the 1951 waterfront dispute was a communist plot to cripple New Zealand. It is a view supported by this Gordon Minhinnick cartoon, which shows the wharfies as a puppet operated by a puppeteer from the World Federation of Trade Unions, who also sports a Soviet hammer-and-sickle badge. In the sound file the trade unionist and watersider Toby Hill offers a different view.

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Cartoon by Gordon Edward George Minhinnick

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Gerald Hensley, 'Cold War - The Cold War at home', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 16 July 2024)

Story by Gerald Hensley, published 20 Jun 2012