A KIWI FOLK HERO

Alfred Reed died in Dunedin on January 15th 1975. He was 99 years old. He is noted for saying, “I believe in the gospel of work, of laughter, of goodwill to men.” He was widely known for being notably fit, happy and active and was a Kiwi folk hero.

A.H.Reed as he was generally known was an eccentric in every sense of the word. Growing up in Dunedin, I remember my mother commenting that A.H.Reed was seen ambling along the main highway into the city after having walked 205km from Invercargill. The matter-of-fact way she made the comment indicated it was nothing out of the ordinary for this elderly man. In fact, he was on his way to Auckland, walking of course!! read more