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George William Deverall (1892–1977)

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George William Deverall (1892- 1977) fitter and trade union official

Birth: 1892 at Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, son of William Turnbull Deverall (1870-1942), a painter, born in Durham, England, and native-born Elizabeth Caroline, née Curwood (1872-1941). Marriages: (1) 1915 at Melbourne, Victoria, to native-born Florence Nellie Fitzgerald (1893-1954).  They had two daughters and three sons. (2) 1958 at Burnley, Victoria, to Ruth Alice Horner [also known as Warner], née Poyntz, born in London, England. Death: 23 June 1977 at Mooroopna; usual residence Scott Street, Euroa. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Joined Melbourne 2nd branch of the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) in 1912. During apprenticeship took part in apprenticeship dispute at H. V. McKay’s re working while tradesman were on strike.
  • Opened Preston branch, Victoria, becoming first secretary and president of Melbourne district committee for five years. From 1935 to 1940 was a member of Commonwealth Council of AEU. Then Victorian organiser until 1950 when elected Secretary of AEU Commonwealth Council, holding position until retirement in 1957.
  • Part of metal trades push for improvement of tradesmen’s margins 1946-1947.
  • Supported by Communists but described in 1949 as “a non-Communist Freemason”.
  • Cause of death: myocardial infarction and atherosclerosis.

AEU Monthly Journal
, July 1957; Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights’ Union Monthly Journal, July 1977.

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  • profile, Labor Call (Melbourne), 2 September 1943, p 1

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Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


23 June, 1977 (aged ~ 85)
Mooroopna, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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