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Bowen, Fred William (1906–1980)

Fred William Bowen (1906-1980) upholsterer, trade union leader, parliamentarian 

Birth: 22 September 1906 in Drummoyne, Sydney, New South Wales, son of Fred Williams, polisher, and Georgina, née Brown. Marriage: 10 October 1936 in Balmain, Sydney, to Edna Laurie Thora Moore, ledger keeper. They had three sons. Death: 27 October 1980 in Sydney. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Educated at Orange Grove Primary School, Leichhardt and Petersham Commercial High.
  • 1923 upholstery apprentice. Joined Furnishing Trade Society of NSW in 1923. Full-time organiser 1947. Assistant secretary 1948 and secretary from 1951 to 1977. NSW president, 1944-45. Federal president from 1951;
  • Delegate to NSW Trades and Labor Council (TLC) 1940. Executive member 1950. Vice-President of TLC 1958-65 and president 1965-75.
  • Member of Rozelle branch Australian Labor Party from 1923 to 1938 and Lane Cove branch from 1940. Vice-president, Lane Cove branch. Member of ALP central executive 1952-66 and vice-president 1960-66. Delegate to Federal Conference 1961-69.
  • Appointed member of the Legislative Council of NSW in August 1966 (casual vacancy); retired in 1976.
  • Director of radio station 2KY 1951-76 and of 2HD for 6 years. Member of Housing Commission of NSW 1958-66. Member, Technical Education Advisory Council, 1953-74. Member, Commonwealth Hostels Ltd Board, 1966-76, and chairman, 1973-76. Chairman of ALP Industrial Committee.
  • Spent several months in United States of America in 1956 studying industrial and political developments. In 1960 and 1968 represented Australian trade unions at International Labor Organisation conferences, Geneva.
  • In January 1970 appointed OBE, and in 1979 awarded life membership of ALP NSW branch, nominated by Furnishing Trades, Lane Cove branch.

Sources
Heather Radi, Peter Spearritt and Elizabeth Hinton, Biographical Register of the NSW Parliament 1901-1970 (Canberra, 1979); A.L.P. Year Book / Australia Labor Party. New South Wales Branch, 1966 & 1973; Furnishing Worker, 7 February 1965, p.1.

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'Bowen, Fred William (1906–1980)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bowen-fred-william-32490/text40314, accessed 25 May 2022.

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