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22 August 1960 - 8 April 1990
For more detail, a high-resolution version of this image (about 5 times wider than shown above) is available for download here. Broadband is recommended - file is big (11.98 Mb).
This panel forms part of Block 5 of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
For some years there was no story to accompany this panel, however Kat, one of Neil's lifelong friends, has written:
The quilt was made in 1991 by: Kat Hall, Sally Hunter, Neil Anderson, Bayly Watson, Janet Dunn, Jane Costello (Neil's sister) and other anonymous friends.
The idea to make this quilt came from some of us who were unable to say our goodbyes to Neil when he died in London in 1990.
The litho-screened parts of the picture include:
The photographs were organised by Bayly and refer to:
An anonymous friend who used to fly kites with Neil made the kite.
Alison added this memory for Neil:
Neil Costelloe was one of the most important activists during the Homosexual Law Reform Campaign, 1985-1986. The NZ lesbian and gay communities owe this heroic and courageous man a great deal of gratitude.
I remember Neil and Shane Towns, also lost to AIDS, and other gay activists at the wonderful Pipitea Street (Wellington) house. So many actions planned there, many by Neil Costelloe.
Added December 2015
Maurice added this memory for Neil:
Before Neil left for London he was very active in the community. The flat in Pipitea Street, Wellington, that he shared with so many other young gay men served as a centre of gay activism at the time.
During the Gay Law Reform campaign a group wanted to stage the first gay 'sweatshop' performance 'gay only drama' in New Zealand. Neil created the poster referencing the work of gay designer, Keith Harring in his finished design. Martin Sherman's "Passing By" was staged at Circa Theatre in Sept
Added January 2016
If you are one of the people involved with the making of this panel for Neil, please get in touch with us.
If you knew Neil Costelloe and wish to add your memories to this page, or wish to remember a loved one with a strong connection to New Zealand who has been lost to AIDS, you may do so on this page.
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