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The 1951 waterfront dispute

Page 5 – Further information

This web feature was written by Neill Atkinson and produced by the NZHistory team.



  • Michael Bassett, Confrontation ’51: the 1951 waterfront dispute, Reed, Wellington, 1972
  • Tom Bramble (ed.), Never a white flag: the memoirs of Jock Barnes, waterfront leader, Victoria University Press, Wellington, 1998
  • David Grant (ed.), The big blue: snapshots of the 1951 waterfront lockout, Canterbury University Press, Christchurch, 2004
  • Anna Green, British capital, Antipodean labour, University of Otago Press, Dunedin, 2001
  • Dick Scott, 151 days: official history of the great waterfront lockout and supporting strikes, February 15–July 15, 1951, facsimile edition, Reed, Auckland, 2001
  • Marcia Spencer, The incoming tide: Sir William Sullivan and the 1951 waterfront dispute, M. Spencer, Wellington, 1998

1951 - documentary

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The film about the 1951 waterfront dispute won Best Documentary and John Bates was named Best Director, Documentary, at the 2002 New Zealand Television Awards.

How to cite this page

Further information, URL:, (Manatū Taonga — Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated