The third man

August 27th, 2009 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

Walter Nash and Sydney Holland

A friend of mine has acquired this photo of and . Can anyone identify who the third man in the photo is?

Also if anyone knows where the photos was taken, and in what circumstances, that would be a bonus.

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26 Responses to “The third man”

  1. GPT1 (2,122 comments) says:

    The Third Man is Billy Birmingham. No idea about the chap in the photo though.

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  2. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    John Diefenbaker, Canadian PM(1957-1963)???

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  3. wreck1080 (3,924 comments) says:

    Don’t even know which ones are Walter and Sid, let alone the ‘3rd man’.

    Still waiting for the next wide world of sports. Billies a great man.

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  4. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Further re Diefenbaker…. Does this match?

    http://www.nndb.com/people/492/000111159/john-diefenbaker-1.jpg

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  5. Patrick Starr (3,674 comments) says:

    …….the third man is Jim Anderton

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  6. bharmer (687 comments) says:

    Jack5 is on the money, I think. See http://www.hhof.com/legendsofhockey/graphspot/one_clancy06.jpg for another photograph of Diefenbaker (on the left).
    No definite knowledge of the circumstances of this picture, but I recall that he did a bit of a tour of commonwealth countries including Australia and NZ in 1958, so Nash would have been PM at the time, and Diefenbaker would have known Sid Holland from prior meetings.

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  7. Rex Widerstrom (5,354 comments) says:

    What, can’t check the EXIF data for yourself?

    Oh, wait…

    Patrick: He’s aging backwards?! The Curious Case of Jim Anderton. :-D

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  8. David Farrar (1,899 comments) says:

    Well done Jack. It does look like it may be Diefenbaker and that would explain why you had either PM and the former PM or the PM and Opposition Leader (depending on year taken) with him together.

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  9. RobHosking (3 comments) says:

    Diefenbaker took over as Canadian PM in 1957, only months before Holland stood down.

    From memory – wasn’t Holland a Mason? ‘Cos Diefenbaker was heavily involved in the Masons.

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  10. ben (2,380 comments) says:

    I can’t see the resemblance bewteen Diefenbaker and the man in the picture myself, but it sounds like the facts fit. Great thing these interwebs.

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  11. llew (1,533 comments) says:

    Not Forrest Gump then?

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  12. backster (2,174 comments) says:

    Looks like Kiwi Keith to me.

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  13. TCrwdb (242 comments) says:

    I used to work with a guy who used to work at EMI in Australia. He says that Billy only cranks out a Third Man album when he’s short of cash. He’ll usually lob into EMI unannounced about a month from Xmas with a master tape and they then have a mad scramble to get the CD produced, get the marketing done etc in time for Xmas.

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  14. Positan (390 comments) says:

    I too, cannot see any Diefenbaker similarity in the photo when compared with the other shots. The facts might fit – but the photos certainly do not.

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  15. SeaJay (20 comments) says:

    dpf,why do you want to know?

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  16. oddity fan (311 comments) says:

    Diefenbaker visited NZ in Dec 1958. Nash was PM and Holyoake, not Holland, was the Leader of the Opposition. Photo doesnt look like Diefenbaker though.

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  17. Mudwatcher (11 comments) says:

    That is not Dief. Looks antipodean.

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  18. John Ansell (874 comments) says:

    Doesn’t look like Diefenbaker.

    And Billy Birmingham is the Twelfth Man.

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  19. adam2314 (377 comments) says:

    Must all be Kiwi’s.

    The haircuts are all pure NZ. ( off season for the sheep shearers ).

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  20. wally (65 comments) says:

    larry, curly and moe

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  21. Jack5 (5,137 comments) says:

    Re adam and wally 11.35 and 8.40am

    1. Nash was English, DIefenbaker a Canadian, so the haircuts must have been pretty much the style internationally in those days.

    2. We’re a lot more dandified bunch these days, focusing on hair styles. Give me the clean cut Romans, the Roundheads, and the spartan look of these politicians’ days — no pony tails, no rinse, and bald was okay and wigs were not.

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  22. Dobbie (36 comments) says:

    Isn’t it Barry Soper?

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  23. Brian Smaller (4,023 comments) says:

    Dobbie – :) Funny.

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  24. Leg Break (89 comments) says:

    I think you’ll find that Billy Birmingham is actually the 12th man

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  25. hj (7,033 comments) says:

    Their used to be an “Onion” of the Dairy Board (I think) and another similar name (like Hogg of the Pork Board)

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