Jan Farr

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Jan Farr

Jan Farr was a member of the Socialist Unity Party in the Wellington. Married to Don Farr.

Former Collective member at The Carterton Crier.


  • Studied at Te Wananga O Raukawa
  • Studied at Christchurch Girls' High School

Last SUP Central Committee meeting before split

Wellington March 1990.


Back Joe Tepania, Dave Arthur, Alan Ware, Ken Douglas, Graeme Whimp, Richie Gillespie, Doug McCallum, Jan Farr, Joe Tonner.

Front row Frank McNulty, Jack Marston, Marilyn Tucker, Robin Tate, Bruce Skilton, George Jackson, Bill Andersen.

Compact/SUP Labour ties

While Compact was being negotiated Labour and SUP leaders were close. Ken Douglas was close to Mike Moore the Compact's architect. Marilyn Tucker was close to Labour Party president Ruth Dyson. Don Farr, a Labourite CTU official was married to Jan Farr, a member of the SUP Central Committee and the editor of Tribune.[1]

Auckland comrades

NZ Trade Union Moments and Memories July 19 2014 posted.


Jan Farr, Ray Stewart, Karl Andersen, Johnny Mitchell, Peter Purdue, Bert Roth, Mike Sweeney, Marilyn Kohlhase, Victoria Keesing, Lindsey Rea, Arthur Sims, Bill Doody, Ray Bianchi, Mark Montgomery, Billy Baines, John Taylor, Basil Prestidge, Kirsty Campbell, Alex Barr, Jo and Bracks, etc. Photo Alec Morgan.

Soviet trip

30.4.1984 George Jackson wrote letter to Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

"We thank you for the invitation to send 4 mid level cadres to the USSR to study CPSU leadership at the levels closest to workers"

They are Jan Farr, Richie Gillespie, Lesley Douglas and Doug McCallum.

"Douglas McCallum-Regional Cttee Chairman, Chairman of Unemployed workers organisation, trade-blacksmith" All but Farr arrive on the 8th May by SU 558.



  1. [A Man for all seasons]