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Sir William Alfred “Alf” Stevenson


Sir William Alfred “Alf” Stevenson (19 May 1901 – 29 November 1983) was a New Zealand industrialist, philanthropist and local-body politician. He was also active in rowing, both as a competitor and official, and was a noted big-game fisherman.

As a fisherman, Stevenson visited Cairns to fish for the giant black marlin and was noteably the first person in the world to catch a tuna, marlin and shark each weighing more than 1000lbs. He held the Australasian record for a black marlin, caught off Cairns, with a weight of 1,231 lb (558 kg). At home, he was a member of the Mercury Bay Game Fishing Club.

Stevenson was also a horse breeder and owner and  enjoyed success with his horse Jandell whose wins included the 1973 Avondale Guineas and the 1975 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick in Sydney.

He passed peacefully at home on Friday 12 April, 2019, in his 91st year.

  • First angler to land a tuna, marlin and shark over 1000lbs.

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