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Alec E. Anderson (?–?)

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Alec E. Anderson (?-?) lithographer and trade union official

Birth: ? Marriage: ? Death: ?

  • Entered printing trades, 1905 as lithography apprentice with Melbourne firm P. C. Grosser;
  • 1912, joined Victorian Lithographic Printers Union (later APTEUA).
  • Rejected for military service in World War I due to diminutive stature.
  • Highly experienced with a range of printing equipment, using perhaps the first Mann offset machine in Melbourne.
  • 1950, employed by Argus when world’s first multi-coloured daily newspaper was printed by rotary lithographic process.
  • 8 August 1950, became full-time Secretary of the Victorian Branch, APTEUA. 
  • Worked without secretarial assistance and conducted union meetings at his home until union purchased premises in Drummond Street, Carlton.
  • Member, Printing Trades Committee of Victorian Apprenticeship Commission for 17 years and Graphic Arts Board of Reference for a similar period. As Federal Vice-President, APTEUA, sought amalgamation with other printing union, PIEUA, which brought Printing and Kindred Trades Union (PKIU) into being, 1966.
  • Worked as assistant to Secretary, Victorian Branch, PKIU and retired in 1968.

Printing Trades Journal, Feb 1968.

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