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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 (6.7 Mb).
This panel is still to be joined to a block of the New Zealand AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Welby is the artist who painted this panel for Kevin. He writes:
Kevin held the New Zealand title in the triple jump and trained some of the country's best women athletes. He taught physical education and was also active in theater in lighting design and production.
Welby painted the the image of Kevin on calico and the words on it reference the comment Kevin made about dying of AIDS.
And I remember
And I remember
You told me how hard dying was
So I sat and watched
Go with grace Toddy
Like the beating of a heart.
Welby, October 1998
On 16 April 2014, the New Zealand Film Archive hosted an exhibition entitled 30 looking back at the early history of HIV/AIDS in New Zealand, mainly from TV news items and other TV programmes from the time. The exhibition marked 30 years since the first person with AIDS to die in New Zealand left us, and also the fact that the majority of the early deaths (and also the most of those rememberd on the NZ AIDS Memorial Quilt) were of people in their 30s.
If you knew Kevin 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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