To celebrate the National Front continuing a proud tradition of losing in Wellington; I’ve thrown up a scan of the chapter on EnZed from David Harcourt’s 1972 study of Australasian national socialism, Everyone Wants to be Fuehrer. It was an oddly fitting date to rain on the National Front’s 10-man parade. This year marks half a century since Colin King-Ansell was arrested for vandalism against an Auckland synagogue, half a century since the NZ League of Empire Loyalists reformed into the National Front, and forty years since John Tyndall reorganised the National Front of New Zealand. Given Ansell himself made an appearance at the Wellington demo, it seems fitting to reprint a text largely about him to celebrate his five decades of failed fascist activism. Below is a short bio on Ansell, the rest of the chapter being in the pdf linked above.

 

Durward Colin King-Ansell

DURWARD COLIN KING-ANSELL, the leader of the National Socialist Party of New Zealand, was born in Auckland in August, 1946. His parents were divorced when he was 20. His father (an engineer) is a Presbyterian and his step-father (a motor-mechanic) and his mother are members of the Church of Christ, as is Ansell himself.

He was educated in Auckland and left school at the age of 16. For two months he assembled television sets for an Auckland company before working “off and on for about a year” as a medical orderly for the Auckland Hospital Board. He enlisted in the army but subsequently transferred to a civilian job in the Defense Department at Paparua Military Camp.

He gave this up, too, in August, 1967, to start work as a barman. In December, he was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment for causing malicious damage to a synagogue. He was released at the end of January, 1969, after having been given a remission of four months for good behaviour.

He worked as a labourer for about a month before finding another job as a barman. In May, following the publicity given to the National Socialist Party’s activities, he fled to Wellington and worked as a barman there for a week before he was sacked because of his politics.

He returned to Auckland where he worked as a labourer for two weeks before he found a more permanent job as a “clerical storeman.” He was dismissed after working with the company for seven hours because the union members threatened to strike over his presence.

Then he found a job as a claims adjuster in an insurance company and kept this job until he left New Zealand for Australia in February, 1971. While in Australia he worked in an engineering firm as a “part-time factory manager.” He retunred to New Zealand in November.

Of his interests outside politics, Ansell says he’s a member of the Scottish National Party (“both my grandparents were Scottish”), and, while in Australia, of the Fort Artillery Society. Of the society he says: “We’d dress up in period uniforms and put on a display for the public.”

The uniform he wore – it belonged to the society – dated from about 1885 and was that of the Garrison Artillery in the NSW Military Forces. It consisted, Ansell says, of a blue coat with whit braid, blue trousers with a red stripe, black boots and a white pith helmet.

He collects old manuscripts and books – “I’ve got about 30 now, dating from around 1669” – old gramophones and gramophone records, and old guns.

He reads several newspapers each day and enjoys books on military history. He says he read “War and Peace” while in prison. He goes to the cinema only occasionally (the last three films he’d seen were “Patton,” “Waterloo,” and “Too Late the Hero”) but watches films on television “quite a lot – if I’m home on a Sunday afternoon I just turn on the set.”

He says that he likes to listen to Wagner and Beethoven and enjoys playing the piano. He lives alone in a little flat in Auckland.

Colin King-Ansell at home - 1972
“We’d dress up in period uniforms and put on a display for the public.”

 

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