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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 11, Issue 6 (September 1, 1936)

Return and Work in New Zealand

Return and Work in New Zealand.

Upon his return to New Zealand at twenty-two years of age Dan Sullivan quite consciously dedicated his life to a work, the objective of which was to prevent the evil conditions of the Old World taking charge of this country. He devoted himself with enthusiasm to the Trades Union movement and the then political Labour cause. He filled all the offices of the Christchurch Furniture Trades Union, organised it throughout Canterbury and the West Coast, and in conducting its cases and the cases of many other unions before the Arbitration Court he established a reputation as a most effective advocate. Stepping into the most important offices of the Labour movement in quick succession, Mr. Sullivan became president of the United Trades Furniture Federation, which he represented in the Trades and Labour Council; president of Canterbury Trades and Labour Council and of the United Federation of Labour. As a public speaker he graduated in the open air in Cathedral Square, along with such other stalwarts as the Hon. J. A. McCullough, M.L.C., James Thorn, M.P., E. J. Howard, M. P. Chairman of Committees in the House of Representatives, and others who had visions of a new and better world which they were determined to realise.