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Peter Duffie (1914–1982)

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Peter Duffie (1914-1982) miner, trade union official and alderman

Birth: 1914 at Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland, son of Peter Duffie (1889-1957), miner, and Agnes Young, née Naysmith (1889-1971). Marriage: 18 November 1933 at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Cessnock, New South Wales, to native-born Margaret Tomlinson (1914-1995). They had three sons. Death: 5 January 1982 in his residence, Cessnock, New South Wales. Religion: Methodist.

  • Arrived in Australia with his parents and siblings aboard the Berrima in 1922. Family lived at Kearsley, New South Wales, where Peter senior worked as a shiftman.
  • Peter junior was miners' lodge president, Aberdare East (NSW).
  • Alderman, Cessnock Council for 9 years.
  • Elected member Miners' Federation Central Council 1959, retaining position with one break until retirement in 1974.
  • Cause of death: secondary metastases, primary bowel carcinoma.

Pete Thomas, Miners in the 1970s: a narrative history of the Miners’ Federation (Sydney, 1983).

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Lochgelly, Fife, Scotland


5 January, 1982 (aged ~ 68)
Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (bowel)

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