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John Donald (1838–1916)

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John Donald (1838-1916) engineer and trade union official 

Birth: 17 February 1838 at Newhills, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, son of Peter Donald (1811-1886), blacksmith, and Helen, née Anderson (1811-1896). Marriage: 5 October 1859 at Geelong, Victoria, to Ellen Meade (1838-1924). They had five daughters and seven sons. Death: 2 January 1916 in South Melbourne, Victoria. 

  • Arrived in Geelong, Victoria, aboard the Gazelle with his parents and siblings on 28 December 1853.
  • Joined Ballarat branch, Amalgamated Society of Engineers, in March 1861 and remained member of union for fifty-five years. Filled offices of secretary and treasurer of Ballarat, Melbourne, and Melbourne South branches for forty years.
  • Lived in Moray Street, South Melbourne, from about 1876 until his death.
  • Awarded ASE’s Certificate of Merit, presented 27 May 1903.

ASEAC, Monthly Report
, January 1916

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17 February, 1838
Newhills, Aberdeenshire, Scotland


2 January, 1916 (aged 77)
South Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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