Phillippa (Pip) Were (1948-) Senior Radio Officer, Surveyor
Pip grew up in Nelson, with seafarers in her family. Her determination to work at sea developed from a young age, and coupled with her aptitude for operating machinery, her career seemed clear. She trained as a Radiotelegraph Operator in the 1970s, and became the first woman Post Office Radio Inspector at the age of twenty-three.
In 1974 she became a ship’s Radio Officer in the Merchant Service Guild and commenced a career at sea, spanning seventeen years in the 1970s and 1980s, serving on a variety of coastal vessels in New Zealand as well as overseas. She faced significant challenges as a woman in the industry at that time. Her skills culminated in becoming a Senior Radio Officer and a radio surveyor and examiner of radio operators. Pip was married to William (Bill) Were who supported her throughout her career.
The Phillippa (Pip) Were collection contains archive material relating to her training and role as a radio officer; including logbooks, licences, diaries, oral history recording, correspondence, flags, uniforms, radio equipment and photographs.