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Mary Kenderdine RIP

Jacque and Bob Cubin

It appears that the jungle drums have missed a beat, sad to report the loss of Keith’s wife Mary who passed away, surrounded by family, on Thursday April 6th.

We send our condolences to Keith and his family.

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Marjorie Weatherston RIP

It is with sadness that we have learned from Ian that his beloved wife Marjorie died peacefully on Sunday, 26th February, with their eldest daughter and Ian beside her. Marjorie had been suffering a long time from Motor Neurone Disease and had been amazingly brave, despite this cruel illness, says Ian.

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Geoff Perks RIP

I have received recent notification from Melanie, the daughter of Geoff Perks, that Geoff died in October last year.

Geoff Perks was the former Secretary of the New Zealand Tonnage Committee (NZTC) and New Zealand Europe Shipping Association (NZESA) and was a respected friend of ACT and the other shipping lines in the Europe/NZ trades. He attended negotiations with the meat, dairy and wool trade representatives over many years during the 1970s and 1980s. Geoff also attended one of our reunions a few years back.

I regret that further information is sparse, but we have received the following tribute messages:

I remember Geoff very well and how helpful he was to me when I was the new Boy attending NZ Conference Accounting meetings etc.

I would guess he may have got as ‘high’ as aged 90...

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Phil Kelly – OAM (Medal of the Order of Australia) – RIP

It is with great sadness to report the death this morning of Phil Kelly in Melbourne.
Phil was born in that City in 1928. Phil joined Port Line’s Melbourne Agents, Gibbs Bright, in 1947, and was appointed Assistant Manager of their Shipping Division in 1959. in 1967, Phil joined ACTA, (then known as Trans-Ocean Containers), as the Victorian State Manager and was responsible for the establishment of the Company’s activities in that State.
As well as his responsibilities as State Manager, Phil also served on the Board of the Melbourne Harbour Trust. Phil retired from ACTA in the late 1980s when he took on the role of Victorian Secretary of the Australian Chamber of Shipping, which became part of Shipping Australia at a later date. Phil served this role until July last year...
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Howel Williams Dies

Picture from The ACTA Connection
July 1978

So sad to have to tell you that Howel died last week (27th December). 

It was all very peaceful and really a relief to all of us. 

His funeral was on the 4th January down here in West Wales.  

Yours Nina Williams


Howel Williams joined ACT from  Port Line in September 1967 and was one of the original four Marketing people under Roy Davis who were tasked with the market survey of the Australian export trade, travelling throughout the UK explaining to shippers the new container service concept and how it would operate.

Before the service went live, Howel was given the responsibility of opening and managing the sales office in Bristol and was subsequently appointed Sales Mana...

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Captain Ray Jenkins

Captain Ray and Maureen Jenkins ACT 6 29/12/1985
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Captain Erin Jackson

  Captain Erin and Mary Jackson Captain of ACT 6 4/4/1990
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Captain Donald McPhail

Captain Donald McPhail, who was a Blue Star Master, who retired in June 1986 and died 7 April 2004.

When the big six on the NZ/UK run (RESOLUTION BAY, REMUERA BAY, MAIRANGI BAY, NEW ZEALAND PACIFIC, AUSTRALIAN VENTURE and ACT 7) switched their homeward passages from Panama Canal to around Cape Horn in 1978, some of the other masters complained about Captain McPhail in ACT 7 going further south than the other vessels.  He had a great interest in the Royal Albatross as these birds would follow ships for days just seemingly gliding along with their 3 metre wing span...

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Len Fiddock Tribute

Len Fiddock, MBE – RIP

It is with great sadness that I have just heard from Len’s wife, Kathryn, that Len passed away on Wednesday, 28th December. Len was 93.

Len was an early employee of ACT, pre-1970, having transferred from conventional shipping operations with Blue Star Line. When ACT(A) left the initial AECS (Australia-Europe Container Service) and started an independent service with ANL in 1972, Len headed the European Trade Commercial Department. I was a lucky employee to work with Len in those years until his retirement in 1985. For his services to shipping, Len was awarded the MBE.

Len had for many years lived in Ilford before moving down to Barham, near Canterbury. Len’s beloved first wife died  during his residency there...

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Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur for Captain C.P Leighton

peter-leightonchevalier-de-la-legion-dhonneur-medalThe Legion of Honour, full name National Order of the Legion of Honour is the highest French order for military and civil merits, established 1802 by Napoléon Bonaparte.

Captain Peter Leighton has been awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d’honneur.




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