Radleys and the Christchurch Fruit & Vegetable Markets

1900's Fruit and Vegetable Merchants Golden Age In Christchurch, New Zealand. Covers the colourful story of the fruit and vegetable trade prior to the demise of owner operator retailers and small growers when decimated by the rise of supermarkets. The trade was vibrant with many ethnic participants and special characters. More

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About Robert Radley

Bob Radley has enjoyed a career made up of many facets and enterprises that have painted an exceptionally interesting life. His versatility has endowed him with multi skills.

Following his brief, but extraordinarily interesting and exciting time working at Deep Cove Bob returned for a time to continue working a further 5 years in the wholesale fruit and produce industry. He then spent the following 12 years in the tourist industry operating jet boats, pioneering in river rafting, ski holidays, and tourism publishing.

The advent of desktop computers saw Bob shift into this new technology starting with importing PC's, then engaging in data services, stock market publishing, and finally moving into IT consulting. Latter times saw time spent in gold mining, building and land development.

Late in his career Bob gained his PhD. in Marketing and more recently has been spending leisure time in writing several books on immensely varied topics.

Other books include:
• Profits from Shares (Stockmarket Technical Analysis)
• Marlborough Sounds Gazetteer and Guidebook
• The Ancient History and Geology of Karamea
• A Kiwi Quest (Bob's own autobiography)
• A history of the Christchurch Fruit and Vegetable Markets

Different again is a new book underway which contemplates coming "divergence within humanity" and the vastly different future for each faction.

Bob's wife of 37 years whom he married only week's after he left Deep Cove was killed in 2004 by a motorist driving under the influence of drugs. He has two adult children. He has since remarried to a Philippine Dentist who has a young family of her own. They have given Bob a renewed zest for life.

Bob Radley is now living in semi retirement in Blenheim.

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