From the Era Facebook page
Dear All, Cath South here. Dad (Frank)
now in his mid 80s is writing a story of his time
in Australia - both my folks were £10 Poms. He
has written a great chapter on how ERA began -
from his perspective obviously. I have the task
of typing his intricate, detailed, handwritten
chapters. While typing the one on ERA that mentions
Nick Hudson, I remembered that he lives close
by and that I really should go try find him again.
Unfortunately I heard from Mum, that Nick
passed away on March 1st.
I have strong memories as a child when
the meetings were held in our lounge room, of
a tall, big, friendly, smoke smelling man, with
a deep voice and a strong presence. When I saw
him last in Newstead too, he seemed just the same.
Nick and Dad were both involved for many
years in the background of ERA. Mum and Dad have
written the words below and asked me if I could
put them here on Facebook.
Never stop trying to make a better world
good people, in tiny or large ways, it all ripples
out. Thanks Nick, for your part in my education.
VALE ERA COUNCIL MEMBER, Nick Hudson.
Publisher Nick Hudson, educated at A.S.Neill's
progressive/alternative school Summerhill, in
Suffolk England, joined the Education Reform Association
in the late 60s - early 70s and took part in the
establishment of its Donvale school. He was a
valuable member of the school council, serving
as secretary for a number of years. A life member
of Editors Victoria and of the Australian Publishers
Association, where he made an outstanding contribution
on copyright, he will be remembered also for his
congenial personality, his wit, and his learning.
Facebook post from Richard Webb
I remember Nick very fondly. A big
person in every way. Happy, good humoured, outgoing,
an effervescent personality. He made a big contribution
to the ERA community as a council member. He was
a leading Australian publisher and an ethical
business person. A friend to my father. I had
no idea he had attended Summerhill. Love and sympathy
to all Nick's family members.
Facebook post from Megan Jack
Vale Nick and my condolences, to
Caroline, Ben, Tim and all your family. I thank
him for helping steer the Era Ship/Train/Plane,
that we all still travel on.