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.
This Highlight Tile is a glimpse into the Phillippa (Pip) Were online collection, that 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. For the whole online collection search for "Phillippa Were".