New Zealand Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa


Duration: 1967-1991
Location: New Zealand


The International Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa (IDAF) was founded in 1956 by Canon John Collins to provide legal defense for 156 people in South Africa charged with high treason. The International Headquarters of the Fund was established in London. The New Zealand Branch of the Fund was established in 1967 by the Reverend Godfrey Wilson and like the international Fund its aim is to help people of all races who have become victims of the race laws of Southern Africa. It concentrated mainly on the task of raising money, producing a newsletter and distributing Defence and Aid publications. The fund disbanded in 1991.

Organizational Archive


Title: New Zealand Defence and Aid Fund for Southern Africa : Records
Time Span: [ca 1970] - 1992
Media: 17 folders, 2 volumes: 0.30 linear meters; typescript and printed matter
Description: The Defence and Aid Fund was founded in 1956 by Canon John Collins in London to provide legal defence for 156 people in South Africa charged with high treason. The International Headquarters of the Fund was established in London. The New Zealand Branch of the Fund was established in 1967 by the Reverend Godfrey Wilson and like the international Fund its aim is to help people of all races who have become victims of the race laws of Southern Africa. It concentrated mainly on the task of raising money, producing a newsletter and distributing Defence and Aid publications. The records include minutes, correspondence, newsletters, pamphlets, conference papers and other miscellaneous material. One folder of cartoons has been transferred to the Cartoon Archive. Newsletters have been transferred to Serial Collection. The Fund disbanded in 1991. Donated by the New Zealand Defence and Aid Fund, Wellington, 1992. One can also get to the finding aid by going to the Library's catalogue for unpublished material and putting MS-Group-0150 in the Reference Number search box.

Housed At: National Library of New Zealand, Alexander Turnbull Library
Location: National Library Building, 70 Molesworth St, Wellington, New Zealand
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