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Arrowsmith, Edward (Ted)

Edward Arrowsmith. Birth: ? Marriage: ? Death: ?

Active in MMM during Depression. Active left-wing trade unionist, helped to keep trade union spirit alive in BHP Spun Pipe Department, Port Kembla. 1936, elected to committee of management of FIA (Port Kembla Branch) and minutes secretary. Member of Hughes-Evans Labor Party, and 1941 joined CPA. Became assistant secretary of FIA (Port Kembla) when Pat McHenry left to work at National Office, and 1941 elected to North Illawarra Council. Associated with Bill Frame and Pat McHenry. Effective industrial leader who nurtured left-wing activism amidst up and coming trade unionists in Illawarra. 1953, defeated for secretaryship Port Kembla FIA amidst general power struggle for control of FIA.

Murray and White; Tribune 1 April 1941; Hagan and Wells; Firth, 1986

Original Publication

  • Biographical Register of the Australian Labour Movement 1788-1975, 2012

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