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  1. BIOGRAPHY
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    Daniel 'Danny' Beech (Benemerenti Medal)

    Daniel (Danny) Beech was born in Pahiatua in 1942 and attended St Dominic’s School for Deaf Children from the age of 5. Moving to Palmerston North as a young adult, Danny embarked on a life crammed with commitment and loyalty to the NZ Deaf community. With involvement and achievements too numerous to detail, Danny led or contributed to many of the critical and significant advancements in the Deaf community from the early 1970s through to his death in September 2007. Of particular note, was Danny's involvement in establishing the New Zealand Association of the Deaf; his work with the Manawatu and Auckland Deaf Societies; establishing NZSL interpreter training in NZ; and his tireless work for the Catholic Deaf Ministry in NZ. It was for this area of service that Pope John Paul II awarded Danny the Benemerenti (“well deserved”) Medal of the Catholic Church in 1987.

  2. 1991
    MAGAZINE – NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR THE DEAF

    NFD Communicate: December 1991

  3. 1970
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: 1970 (Vol. 7, No. 3)

  4. 1984
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: February 1984

  5. 1983
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: July 1983

  6. 1969
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: 1969 (Vol. 6, No. 3)

  7. 1971
    MAGAZINE – NEW ZEALAND DEAF NEWS

    NZ Deaf News: 1971 (Vol. 8, No. 2)

  8. 1990
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    Opening of the Bruce McHattie House

    The ceremony and speeches to open McHattie House, used as the national office for NZAD.

  9. 1979
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    Trans-Tasman Games 1979 - Basketball

    The Australian and New Zealand Deaf men play basketball at the Trans-Tasman Games, held at Lincoln College, Canterbury in January 1979.

  10. 1981
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    WDG Köln 1981 team returns home

    The NZ team returns from the XIV World Games for the Deaf, Köln, Germany 1981.

  11. 1979
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    Trans-Tasman Games hosted in Christchurch, 1979

    Opening ceremony of the Trans-Tasman Games, Including a traditional Maori welcome for the Australian team.

  12. 1985
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    First interpreting course graduation - 1985

    The Sign Language Interpreting course graduation ceremony September 1985, after 14 weeks training.

  13. 1981
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    World Deaf Games, Köln 1981

    New Zealand team goes to XIV World Games for the Deaf in Köln, Germany in 1981.

  14. 1981
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    Deaf athletes visit Disneyland en route to the World Games for the Deaf in Köln!

    New Zealand athletes stopover at Los Angeles on the way to the World Games for the Deaf in Köln, and make the most of the trip with a visit to Disneyland!

  15. 1978
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    People like us – 'Deaf Education and Technology'

    A look into the world of Deaf people, in particular a glimpse into Deaf education at the time, and how technology improves the lives of Deaf people, with Daniel Beech demonstrating the use of a TTY.

  16. 1993
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    John & Laura Hunt’s farewell party

    A farewell party is thrown for John and Laura Hunt at the Auckland Deaf Society, prior to their move to Melbourne. The farewell was attended by over 100 members of the Auckland Deaf community.

  17. 2002
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    40th Anniversary: Weekend-long celebrations at Manawatu Deaf Society!

    Manawatu Deaf Society celebrates its 40th anniversary with a packed weekend-long programme in September 2002.

  18. 1984
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    St Dominic's School for the Deaf 40th Anniversary Reunion

    Footage from the 40th Anniversary of St Dominic’s school for the Deaf in Feilding held in June of 1984. This video shows a tour of the school grounds, welcoming speeches to attendees and the celebrations that follow over the weekend.

  19. 55-65
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    A montage of St Dominic’s Christmas Picnics between 1955 and 1965

    Footage from 1955 – 1965 during the annual Christmas Picnics held by St Dominic’s School for the Deaf in Island Bay. In New Zealand fashion, Santa arrives on horseback, bringing presents to the pupils who all take turns riding the horse!

  20. 1965
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    St Dominic’s gives a Catholic education to Deaf boys and girls

    Several clips of teaching and classroom scenes at St Dominic’s School for the Deaf, with one-on-one speech therapy, oral communication methods, a physical education class, the Rotarians Picnic Drive, playing with jet aeroplanes, folk dancing and their annual Christmas party.

  21. 1965
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    Twenty-One Years: St Dominic’s at Feilding

    A look at St Dominic’s School for the Deaf twenty-one years after its opening at Dover Street, to its relocation to Feilding. ‘Twenty-One Years’ features speech therapy, classroom activities and ballet, swimming and sewing lessons, as well as its infamous Gala Day and a Mass in its Chapel.

  22. 2004
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    St Dominic’s 60th Jubilee

    Ex-pupils talk about their memories and tell stories about St Dominic’s at the 60th reunion in Feilding, during Waitangi Weekend in 2004.

  23. 89-90
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    Four days of festivities at St Dominic’s 45th Jubilee

    Footage of the St Dominic’s four-day 45th reunion depicts the cutting of the cake, friends, classmates and family catching up over a picnic on the lawn of the school grounds.

  24. 1994
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    Pilgrimage to the original St Dominic’s Wellington school

    A group of past pupils visit the original Dover Street location in Island Bay, Wellington, as part of the Golden Jubilee of the founding of St Dominic’s School for the Deaf.