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Francis Albert (Frank) Bollins (1918–2005)

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Francis Albert (Frank) Bollins (1918-2005) sheet metal worker, trade union leader and industrial adjudicator 

Birth: 5 July 1918 in Aston, Warwickshire, England, son of Francis Edward Bollins, fitter, and Catherine Florence, née Parsons.  Marriage: 6 February 1943 in St Mark’s Anglican Church Granville, Sydney, New South Wales, to Joan Elizabeth Hillman, stenographer. Death: 27 June 2005 in Sydney, New South Wales. 

  • Arrived in Sydney with parents and siblings aboard the SS Beltana on 1921.
  • 1959, organiser Sheet Metal Workers’ Union. Held executive positions in Eveleigh carriage work shop committee and Combined Union Stewards and Council of Railway Shop Committees.
  • Communist Party of Australia candidate for the seat of Banks in the 1961 Federal election and for the seat of Bankstown in the 1965 State election.
  • State president of the Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights Union. Retired 1983.
  • Following retirement, highly skilled woodworker appearing in Wattyl paint television advertisement.
  • Also worked as industrial adjudicator.

Metal Worker
, September 1987; Magnet, Jan-Feb 1967; Australian Trade Union Archives [].

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5 July, 1918
Aston, Warwickshire, England


27 June, 2005 (aged 86)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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