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Stag Spooner, wild man from the bush : the story of a New Zealand hunter and artist / Chris Maclean.

By: Maclean, Chris.
Contributor(s): Spooner, Stag, 1917-1946 | Spooner, Stag, 1917-1946. Those wild men from the bush | Spooner, Tory | Spooner, Bryan.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Nelson, N.Z. : Craig Potton Publishing, 2012Description: 240 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), col. maps, facsimiles (chiefly col.) ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781877517686 (hbk.).Subject(s): Spooner, Stag, 1917-1946 | Spooner family | Deer hunters -- New Zealand -- Biography | Deer hunters -- New Zealand -- Diaries | Deer hunting -- New Zealand -- Pictorial works | Hunting in art -- New Zealand | War artists -- New Zealand -- Biography | World War, 1939-1945 -- Art and the war | Artists -- New Zealand -- Biography | Hunting in artDDC classification: 759.993
Contents:
Part one, Peace. From Carterton to Rome ; 'Those wild men from the bush' [includes facsimile of this visual diary] --Part two, War. The Three Musketeers ; Stag Spooner's decorated envelopes ; Tory Spooner's decorated envelopes ; Bryan Spooner's decorated envelopes ; The Spooner brothers' Christmas cards ; 'Remember all these', Stag Spooner's tattooed envelopes -- Part three, Death. Return to the hills.
Includes index (p. 238-240). -Finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2013. -Chris Maclean brings to light Stag's singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which started in the Wairarapa where he developed his love of hunting, progressed into becoming a deer culler, and then saw active service during the Second World War in North Africa and Italy, as part of a Field Ambulance Unit. Soon after his return to New Zealand Stag's life tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains.
Summary: "Stag (Neville) Spooner (1917-1946) was a government deer culler in 1939 and 1940, initially in the Tararuas, and then on the South Island's West Coast. While his successful career as a culler was cut short by the Second World War, he did leave behind a remarkable legacy from this period, a painted diary of his experiences -- "Those wild men from the bush". This diary, which forms the heart of this book, is a fascinating chronicle of the life of a professional hunter, who somewhat unusually, was also an artist. Stag Spooner went on to create another highly individual body of art during the war, a series of decorated envelopes that were sent back to his family and friends. In this book Chris Maclean brings to light Stag's singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which started in the Wairarapa where he developed his love of hunting, progressed into becoming a deer culler, and then saw active service during the Second World War in North Africa and Italy, as part of a Field Ambulance Unit. Soon after his return to New Zealand Stag's life tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains. Stag Spooner is a unique book that finally recognises the life and world of a remarkable New Zealand hunter and artist." -- Back cover.
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Stag (Neville) Spooner (1917-1946) was a government deer culler in 1939 and 1940, initially in the Tararuas, and then on the South Island's West Coast. While his successful career as a culler was cut short by the Second World War, he did leave behind a remarkable legacy from this period, a painted diary of his experiences that he entitled Those Wild Men from the Bush. This diary, which forms the heart of this book, is a fascinating chronicle of the life of a professional hunter, who somewhat unusually, was also an artist. Stag Spooner went on to create another highly individual body of art during the war, a series of decorated envelopes that were sent back to his family and friends. In this book Chris Maclean brings to light Stag's singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which started in the Wairarapa where he developed his love of hunting, progressed into becoming a deer culler, and then saw active service during the Second World War in North Africa and Italy, as part of a Field Ambulance Unit. Soon after his return to New Zealand Stag's life tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains.Stag Spooner is a unique book that finally recognises the life and world of a remarkable New Zealand hunter and artist.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 232-235) and index.

Part one, Peace. From Carterton to Rome ; 'Those wild men from the bush' [includes facsimile of this visual diary] --Part two, War. The Three Musketeers ; Stag Spooner's decorated envelopes ; Tory Spooner's decorated envelopes ; Bryan Spooner's decorated envelopes ; The Spooner brothers' Christmas cards ; 'Remember all these', Stag Spooner's tattooed envelopes -- Part three, Death. Return to the hills.

Includes index (p. 238-240). -Finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2013. -Chris Maclean brings to light Stag's singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which started in the Wairarapa where he developed his love of hunting, progressed into becoming a deer culler, and then saw active service during the Second World War in North Africa and Italy, as part of a Field Ambulance Unit. Soon after his return to New Zealand Stag's life tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains.

"Stag (Neville) Spooner (1917-1946) was a government deer culler in 1939 and 1940, initially in the Tararuas, and then on the South Island's West Coast. While his successful career as a culler was cut short by the Second World War, he did leave behind a remarkable legacy from this period, a painted diary of his experiences -- "Those wild men from the bush". This diary, which forms the heart of this book, is a fascinating chronicle of the life of a professional hunter, who somewhat unusually, was also an artist. Stag Spooner went on to create another highly individual body of art during the war, a series of decorated envelopes that were sent back to his family and friends. In this book Chris Maclean brings to light Stag's singular body of artwork, while also telling the story of his adventurous life, which started in the Wairarapa where he developed his love of hunting, progressed into becoming a deer culler, and then saw active service during the Second World War in North Africa and Italy, as part of a Field Ambulance Unit. Soon after his return to New Zealand Stag's life tragically ended on a hunting trip, alone, in the Fiordland mountains. Stag Spooner is a unique book that finally recognises the life and world of a remarkable New Zealand hunter and artist." -- Back cover.

New Zealand Post Book Awards 2013 - Illustrated Non-Fiction - Finalist

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