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The Cooks and Stewards Union - A Memoir
The Cooks and Stewards Union - A Memoir
Hill, Gerry
The author, 2018. Signed with dedication "To Emmanuel..." Gerry Hill was born in Wellington into a maritime household. His father had been a ship's fireman and a wharfie and a union official. Their home was always full of visitors, many of whom had been at sea or were still shipping out. Conversation was rich and colourful, including stories of foreign lands and ports. By the time Gerry was a teenager, he knew he wanted to go to sea. It was a way to see the world and to extend an education. He sailed on coastal, Cook Strait, Inter-colonial, Pacific and Asian routes for 25 years. In 1988, Gerry was elected as the last Auckland Branch Secretary of the Federated Cooks and Stewards Union, and went on to serve as an elected official of the New Zealand Seafarers Union. He was also a trustee of the Cooks and Stewards Retirement and Welfare Fund. Seafaring jobs began to disappear and Gerry chose to come ashore. He remained contected to the maritime industry by serving as the Auckland representative on the New Zealand seafarers Union Scholarship Fund. Withe the nous and skills acquired at sea, he estblished the Great Ponsonby Art Hotel with his partner Sally james. They owned an operated it until march 2017, when motor neurone disease hit Gerry. The Great Ponsonby Art Hotel was a challenging and wonderful business to run, and Gerry and Sally hosted thousands of visitors. They were vey much involved in their neighbourhood of Ponsonby, serving on community organisations, and business associations including the Board of Heritage and Character Inns
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