Barry Crump
(Born May 15th 1935 - died July 3rd 1996)

In 1959 he began writing humorous sketches of life as a government deer-culler and pig hunter, publishing these as a Good Keen Man in 1960.By 1992 his New Zealand book sales were estimated at more than a million  copies.

As well as a best selling author, Crump has been an actor, TV personality,Poet,radio commentator, man of leisure,traveller,goldminer,photographer and more.A successful 12 year association with Toyota brought a series of award winning advertisements that catapulted Crump into living rooms around country with his laconic blokey style.

Crump wrote 24 books in his lifetime, was married 5 times and had 6 children, all sons.

In the 1990's Crump was awarded an MBE and OBE for services to literature, something he was quietly proud of and reckoned they'd be hardcase pinned to his swandri.

He was listed in the who's who as having no fixed abode, and regarded himself as a world citizen.

He insisted, that he always will be, a Kiwi bushman.