Martin Purdy’s CV

Curriculum Vitae

Full Name: Martin Lewis PURDY

Date of Birth: 1965

Place of Birth: Great Britain

Nationality: Dual: New Zealand/British


Present Employment:

Freelance translator, part-time coin dealer and limousine operator, trading as "Translate Ltd".

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Previous Employment:

         Senior Editor/Translator and Manager (Asian Languages), New Zealand Translation Centre, 1993-1998. Duties involved translation from most Western European languages, Japanese and Korean into English; checking translations into those languages (done by native speakers) for accuracy; quality control; client liaison

         Civil Servant employed by NZ Government, 1988-1993


Awarded NAATI III accreditation as Japanese-English and German-English translator, 1995

Japanese Language Proficiency Course, Grade II, 1988

Diploma of the British Esperanto Association (DBEA), 1981


Languages I have translated from in the past 17 years: German, Dutch, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Japanese, Korean, Afrikaans, Latin and Catalan.



         Jules de Blosseville: A Proposal for a Penal Colony in New Zealand. Bilingual edition, French/English. Private limited edition, ANU, Canberra 1986. An amended, updated second edition appeared in the New Zealand Journal of French Studies, Volume 22 number 2, November 2001, ISSN 0110-7380.

         Translation into English of Steine und Steinbrüche im Alten Ägypten (Stones and Quarries in Ancient Egypt) by R & D Klemm, published by the British Museum, 2008, ISBN 978-0-7141-2326-4.

         Editing and layout of New Zealand Numismatic Journal, ISSN 0028-8527, c. 2000 – date.

         Editing and layout of W. O’Kane/ M & R Purdy, Twaalfhoven Family Reunion, Bodegraven 1954 – New Zealand 2004, Upper Hutt, March 2009, ISBN 978-0-473-14830-0

         Editing and layout of H. MacMaster, Catalogue of New Zealand Commemorative Medals 1941 – 2007, to be published by the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand, scheduled for late 2009


Also a contributor to the following publications:

         “Premier” New Zealand Coin & Banknote Catalogue (A.W. Grant, H. Mitchell) (2002 - date)

         Weltmünzkatalog, 20. Jahrhundert (G. Schön), 32nd ed. 2003

         Standard Catalog of Unusual World Coins, 4th ed. 2005

         Standard Catalog of World Coins, 20th Century, 2008 ed. - date

         Standard Catalog of World Coins, 21st Century, 2008 ed. - date


Responsible Positions Held:

         President, Royal Numismatic Society of NZ Inc., 2003-2006

         President, Wellington Coin Club Inc., 1989-1994

         Vice-President, Royal Numismatic Society of NZ Inc., 1999-2003

         Secretary, Royal Numismatic Society of NZ Inc., 1990-1997

         Editor, New Zealand Numismatic Journal, 2000-date

         Assistant Editor, New Zealand Numismatic Journal, 1991-2000

         Editor, RNSNZ Newsletter, 1995-2005


Courses Attended:

         Lindsay Yeo Radio Personality School (4-day intensive radio skills workshop), April 1993

         WordPerfect 5.1 Fast-Track Course, Office Automation Specialists, July 1992

         Night Classes in Introductory and Intermediate Arabic, Wellington Community Institute, 1990-1

         Three-week specialised analysis course, November 1990

         Units from State Services Commission management course, September 1990

         Two-day seminar on assertiveness training techniques, NZIM, September 1990

         Two-day stress management course, April-May 1990

         Two-week specialised writing course, May 1989


Other Abilities:

         Touch-typing, word-processor operation (Word, some experience with Japanese and Korean-language WP operation)



         Co-presenter of monthly Esperanto broadcasts on Wellington Access Radio, Oct 1992 - Mar 1994


Clubs and Societies:

         Life Member, American Numismatic Association; Member, NZ Society of Translators and Interpreters, Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand Inc. (including the Wellington Coin Club), Manawatu Numismatic Society, Tauranga Numismatic Society, Wanganui Numismatic Society, Numismatic Society of Auckland, Australian Numismatic Society, NZ Numismatic Dealers' Association, Armstrong Siddeley Car Club in New Zealand Inc., Armstrong Siddeley Owners' Club Ltd (UK), Armstrong Siddeley Car Club (Australia), Vintage Car Club (NZ), NZ Rolls-Royce & Bentley Club, Universal Esperanto Association (Netherlands).

         Elected a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society of New Zealand (FRNSNZ), 2003.


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This page last updated Tue 21 Apr 2009.