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Charles Wilson Anderson (1918–2009)

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Charles Wilson Anderson (1918-2009) plumber, trade union official, politician and milk vendor

Born: 16 February 1918, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales.  Son of Mervyn Wilson Anderson, labourer, and Alicia Mabel, née McDonald. Marriage: (1) 2 August 1941 in Kensington to Vera Josephine Delaney (1916-1973). They had three sons and three daughters. (2) 1978 in Kensington to Peggy Merle Gardiner. Death: 15 August 2009 in Nunyara Nursing Home, Peakhurst, NSW. Religion: Roman Catholic.

  • Plumber and union official.
  • Educated at Granville Technical College;
  • trained as plumber and drainer;
  • worked as journeyman plumber, 1935-43.
  • Assistant Secretary, Plumbers and Gasfitters Union, 1943-49.
  • President, NSW Trades and Labor Council, 1947-49.
  • Assistant Secretary, NSW Australian Labor Party, 1949-51; Organising Secretary, 1951-52; Acting General Secretary, December 1952, General Secretary, March 1953. Resigned ALP secretaryship, 1954. Member, ALP Central Executive, 1946-50; Vice-President,1947-50; Campaign director, 1952; delegate Federal Executive and Federal Conference, 1953-54.
  • NSW Member Legislative Council, October 1951-February 1953, opposing abolition of Council.
  • Executive member, Australian Council of Trades Unions 1947-49;
  • Commissioner, Maritime Services Board 1948-49;
  • Member, Australian Broadcasting Commission, 1949-52.

Heather Radi, Peter Spearrit and Elizabeth Hinton, Biographical Register of the NSW Parliament 1901-1970 (Canberra, 1979)

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16 February, 1918
Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


15 August, 2009 (aged 91)
Peakhurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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