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William Massey


Head and shoulders portrait of William Massey (1856-1925), circa 1920.

William Massey is our second-longest serving leader. Although he was reviled by the left for crushing workers in 1913 with his ‘Massey’s Cossacks’ (strike-breakers), his legacy is being re-evaluated.


Alexander Turnbull Library
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