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Gifford Jackson

Excerpt from 'Gifford Jackson: New Zealand Industrial Design Pathfinder':
1943: Although he has not quite completed the course Gifford feels it is time to enlist. He chooses the RAF, because he gets seasick and being shot down would be a faster death than drowning, and takes night classes in air navigation. Assembly line health checks, injections, utilitarian clothing and stodgy food contrast with accommodation in luxury apartments in St John’s Wood. Training in Brighton and Torquay precedes boarding the troopship Andes — twenty men per four-man cabin — and sailing to Chesapeake Bay, Virginia. ... After nine months of experiential learning Gifford earns his navigator’s brevet. ... The trainees return to Canada and then back to the blackouts, bombings and rationing of Britain at war. They are posted to Llandwrog airfield in North Wales and undertake numerous flights over the Irish Sea. Conditions are more turbulent than they were over the Manitoba prairies and Gifford suffers some airsi

Gifford Jackson in RAF uniform c.1944

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    Gifford AWMM
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    Jackson AWMM
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    Alban Gifford Jackson AWMM
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    3 April 1922 Births, Deaths and Marriages Births, Deaths and Marriages
    Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
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  • Alban Gifford Jackson (1922-2015), known as Gifford, was a New Zealand-born industrial designer who spent 17 years working with industrial design firms in the United States, including ten years as Senior Product Designer in the firm of Walter Dorwin Teague, where he designed products for major American corporations. In 1966 he returned to Aotearoa and established a consultancy business, where he mentored many young designers and continued to make his mark on the styling of domestic environments through his work with Fisher & Paykel and other companies. AWMM
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    30 October 2015 AWMM
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    JACKSON, Gifford (Alban) ONZM Late of Devonport, after a long and fulfilling life, aged 93. Eldest son of Gainor and Margery Jackson; brother of the late Gainor Junior (Gem) and Phillip (Bloss); Loved uncle to Davina, Jeremy and Hugo Jackson, Sarah Ward, Claudia Page, Ruth Jackson, and their families. Published in The New Zealand Herald from Oct. 31 to Nov. 5, 2015 AWMM
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