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Celebrate 120 years of Rewi Alley

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Archived: 06 Dec 2017 10:33am


A celebration to commemorate Rewi Alley’s 120th anniversary will be held at Springfield in December.

Rewi Alley was born in Springfield on 2 December 1897. He contributed perhaps more than any other foreigner to the Chinese revolution. He was the founder and inspiration for the NZ China Friendship Society, dedicating 60 years of his life to his adopted country, while remaining a New Zealander at heart.

Rewi organised thousands of industrial co-operatives during the war against Japan, and also pioneered technical training schools. He founded the Shandan Bailie School in 1944 in the Gansu Province on the Silk Route. As Rewi affected the lives of many thousands in China, he is highly revered there.

A major project in 1997 for centenary of his birth was the establishment of a memorial, park and display in Sheffield.

The celebration will be held on Saturday 2 December 2017 at the Rewi Alley Memorial in Springfield at 2pm, followed by refreshments in the Tawera Hall.

A number of delegations from China are expected to attend the commemoration.

Please contact Bernadette at rewi.alley.celebration@selwyn.govt.nz to let her know you are attending.

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