RIP Mervyn Barrett

We are saddened to note the passing of Mervyn Barrett who died on 16 January 2019, at Te Hopai Home, Wellington. Merv, also a celebrated film and jazz fan, was active in New Zealand SF fandom from the 1960s all the way through to the 1990s. He was also active in Australian and London fandom in the ’60s and ’70s. Along with all his other activity, Merv goes down in local fannish history as co-organizer of the first NZ national convention (Wellcon, 1979).

We are sorry for the belated notice, we only just heard the news, but would like to take this opportunity to pass our condolences on to Janet and the rest of Merv’s loved ones.

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One response to “RIP Mervyn Barrett

  1. I first met Mervyn at SF conventions in England in the 1970s. He was always permanently attached to a camera. Many years later, after I’d moved to NZ, we renewed our acquaintance. He showed me his slides of British conventions, and lo and behold! There I was, front and centre in so many of his pictures.

    He was a large part of my life for many years. We had so many friends in common from both British and NZ fandom. I treasure the memory of one British convention when Brian Aldiss was on stage pontificating. Mervyn and his camera sidled in a little late and Aldiss paused in mid flow and declared, “I see the New Zealand contingent has turned up. We can all relax now…”. Everyone laughed and Mervyn took a picture!

    He owned a first edition of the Gnome Press printing of Isaac Asimov’s Foundation trilogy. When I visited him at home, if he was feeling generous, he would allow me to touch it. Fortunately he always felt generous.

    I miss him.