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Scott in December 2019

Richard George Scott (17 November 1923 – 1 January 2020) was a New Zealand historian and journalist. He wrote many books on the history of New Zealand. His first book, 151 Days (1952), was about the 1951 New Zealand waterfront dispute. His most well-known work is Ask That Mountain (1975), which tells the events of the non-violent Māori resistance to European occupation in Parihaka. Former New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark called it "one of New Zealand's most influential books." His autobiography, Dick Scott: A Radical Writer's Life, was published in 2004.

Scott was born in Palmerston North. He was the father of writer Rosie Scott (1948–2017).

Scott died on 1 January 2020, at the age of 96.[1]

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