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IMG 0778The painting in the photo above is of Fairburn, aged about 23, by Annette Isbey. Obscured is Phil Harington and at right is Christine Rose.In 1944, ARD Fairburn gave a lecture to the Auckland Fabian Club entitled 'The Land Our Life', a prescient inquiry into the relationship of 'modern' NZ society, industrial farming and their relationships with nature. The paper was was recently rediscovered and, last month, an Auckland audience enjoyed a fascinating event that saw Denys Trussell and Christine Rose revisit Fairburn's lecture.

A scan of the original paper is here, with a more legible pdf incorporating Fairburn's corrections here. We also have recordings of Denys Trussell's and Christine Rose's contributions. A PDF of Denys' paper is here and Christine's here.