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Alfred (Alf) Clarke (1892–1980)

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Alfred (Alf) (‘Bolshie’) Clarke (1892-1980) storeman and packer and trade union official 

Birth: 1892 at Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, son of Robert Clarke (1945-1910), miner, born at Woodbury Hill, Dorset, England, and native-born Sarah Jane, née Murray (1855-1947). Marriage: 1915 at Melbourne, to native-born Lilian Cecelia (Lillie) Heffler (1890-1962). They had one daughter  Death: 6 August 1980 at Coburg, Victoria. 

  • Long term employee of Rosella Preserving Company and activist in Food Preservers’ Union. 1924 elected to Committee of Management and held positions within union until retirement in 1958. Vice president for seventeen years. 1940 president.
  • Delegate to Melbourne Trades Hall Council for twenty-three years.
  • Delegate to annual conference of Australian Labor Party on fourteen occasions. Shop steward at Rosella and ‘repeatedly criticised the younger member for his lack of interest in Union affairs’.
  • Cause of death: bronchopneumonia, chronic bronchitis and emphysema and ischemic heart disease.

Food Preserver, June 1958.

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Northcote, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


6 August, 1980 (aged ~ 88)
Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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