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Phillip Charles (Phil) Barclay (1898–1953)

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Phillip Charles Barclay (1898-1953) carpenter, trade union leader 

Birth: 1898 in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England. Son of Percival James Barclay and Kate Julia, née Griffin. Marriage: 1926 in Sydney to Rita Eileen May Nicholls. They had three daughters. Death: 12 October 1953 in Miranda, Sydney. 

  • Joined Carpenter and Joiners’ Union, 1925; became Secretary of the Amalgamated Carpenters and Joiners Union. Campaigned for the amalgamation of carpenters’ and bricklayers’ unions after the Depression. Federal and State secretary in early 1940s.  
  • NSW State secretary, Building Workers’ Industrial Union of Australia 1941-1953 — position was full time after 1943.
  • Longstanding member of Australian Labor Party.

Building Worker
, Nov 1953, Tribune, 8 Oct 1947

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  • death notice, National Advocate (Bathurst, NSW), 14 October 1953, p 1

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Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, England


12 October, 1953 (aged ~ 55)
Miranda, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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