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Henderson, Jim

Collection | Ref # ARC-0515 | Held by Hocken Collections - Uare Taoka o Hakena

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Henderson, Jim


Henderson, Jim, 1918-2005

Level of description:



0.04 linear metres

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Jim Henderson served in World War II in the artillery. He was wounded and taken prisoner in North Africa in 1941. Repatriated to New Zealand in 1943, he wrote and published his experiences in the book 'Gunner Inglorious', a very popular book which has run to 14 editions. After the war Henderson also wrote two official war histories, as well as numerous articles. He became a popular radio personality, hosting the programme 'Open Country' for fifteen years, as well as other programmes and numerous radio documentaries. He published his autobiography in 1983, and was made an MBE in 1984. He died in Auckland on 11 July 2005.

Scope and contents:

The collection consists mostly of photocopied papers by Henderson. It includes papers relating to the history of World War II, papers relating to the discontinuation of Henderson's radio programme 'Open Country', and sound archive and autobiographical papers. Also included is a tape of Henderson's address to an Auckland peace rally.

Dates covered:

1975 - 1996

Physical characteristics:

Includes a sound recording (cassette tape)

Archival history:

Provenance: All items in this collection were donated to the Hocken by Jim Henderson between 1976 and 1996.

Access conditions:

Not restricted

Finding aids:

Listed on ‘Hakena’ the Hocken Collections online archives and manuscripts catalogue

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Associated with:


Auckland · Wellington

People & organisations:


World War, 1939-1945 · Radio broadcasting · Radio - New Zealand · Open Country (Radio programme) · Radio - Production and direction · Pacifists - New Zealand · Peace movements

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