Episodes 2011; 34(1): 51-56
Published online March 1, 2011
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The name of Harold Wellman (Fig. 1) is closely associated with the Alpine Fault of New Zealand as well as the study of strike-slip faults world wide. After recognising the Alpine Fault in 1941-42, Wellman continued to study it for the next 40 years, and this paper traces the evolution of his ideas on a huge fault that is now recognised as part of a major plate boundary.