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A special leather bound limited edition of the book has been produced in a presentation box. The number 119 is significant as it was Walter’s highest first class score on tour. The book is beautifully presented and has a replica mini cricket bat with signatures of the team, a signed cricket ball by Sir Richard, 1949 team scorecard, itinerary and postcard, New Zealand Cricket badge pin and a souvenir key ring/torch.
A special page is signed by John Reid the only surviving member of team; the Hadlee brothers, Don Neely, David White and Sir Ron Brierley.
Included with the book is a complimentary two hour DVD documentary of the tour called ‘The Forty-Niners’ introduced by Sir Richard Hadlee. The documentary includes reflective player interviews from Walter Hadlee (also reading from his own diary), Martin Donnelly, John Reid, Merv Wallace, Johnny Hayes, Bert Sutcliffe, and comments from Don Neely. The current Blackcaps coach, Mike Hesson, and captain, Kane Williamson also share their views on ‘The Forty-Niners’. There is archive black and white film footage of the tour and a selection of tour photographs and asides.
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