Recent necrology, May 2013

coverA list of well-known people who have died recently:

Eddie Braben,|1930-2013
Former market stall-holder who wrote scripts for Morecambe and Wise

Henri Dutilleux, 1916-2013
French composer considered unfashionable for favouring melody over modernism

Bryan Forbes, 1926-2013
Actor, writer, director and movie mogul who presided over many of the best British films on the 60s and 70s

coverAndrew Greeley, 1928-2013
Roman Catholic priest who argued that his ‘salacious’ bestselling novels were ‘theological comedies of grace’

Ray Harryhausen, 1920-2013
Maestro of stop-motion special effects who thrilled move-goers with a host of mythical monsters

Thomas Messer, 1920-2013
American museum chief whose charm deprived Britain of one of the world’s great art collections

Mulgrew Miller, 1955-2013
Pianist who made his name with Art Blakey and played on 400 albums

Georges Moustaki, 1934-2013
Egyptian-born performer who, with Brel and Brassens, revived the chanson

coverJan Ormerod, 1946-2013
Children’s writer and illustrator who charmed parents too with tales of everyday trials and treats

Bill Pertwee, 1926-2013
Actor who made his name as the tin hat dictator Warden Hodges in Dad’s Army

Paul Shane, 1940-2013
Club singer who became a television favourite playing the holiday camp comedian Ted Bovis in Hi-de-Hi

Mirek Smisek, 1925-2013
NZ potter

coverJack Vance, 1916-2013
Prolific author from the Golden Age of science fiction whose work rivalled that of H G Wells and Jules Verne

Geza Vermes, 1924-2013
Scholar who escaped the Holocaust and became the foremost authority on the Dead Sea Scrolls

Bernie Wood, 1939-2013
NZ Rugby League player, administrator and author

Les Wright, 1950-2013
West Coast broadcaster and historian

Christchurch – this week in history (10 June – 16 June)

WigramJune 10, 1868
William Wilson elected first Mayor of Christchurch.
June 10, 1935
John Drew and poet/typographer Dennis Glover founded Caxton Press to publish New Zealand literature. Most of the decade’s best writers were first published by the company.
June 11, 1982
Sir Hamish Hay, Mayor of Christchurch since 1974, knighted in Queen’s Birthday honours.
June 12, 1848
“Kemp’s Deed” signed by Ngai Tahu giving the New Zealand Company control of land from Kaiapoi to Otago.
June 15, 1874
Canterbury College (University) opens. A subsequent public protest prevented its proposed buildings from being sited in what are now the Botanic Gardens.
June 16, 1932
Robert McDougall Art Gallery opens. The gallery was a gift of R.E. McDougall, Managing Director of Aulsebrooks and Company.
June 17, 1843
John Deans lands sheep, cattle and horses at Lyttelton.