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Jack Alfred Dye (1914–1970)

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Jack Alfred Francis Dye (1914-1970) ambulance driver and trade union official 

Birth: 1914 at Tumut, New South Wales, son of native-born parents Alfred John Dye (1891-1941), a plumber later tramway employee, and Elizabeth, née Clee (1883-1960). Marriages: (1) 26 November 1938 at St Mathias Anglican Church, Paddington, Sydney, to native-born Marcelle Hazel Nicholson (1915-2006), a teacher. The marriage ended in divorce. (2) 1954 at Sydney to Doris Mascot Mulqueen. (3) 1962 to Esmee Millicent Jones Death: 15 August 1970 in hospital at Goulburn, NSW. Religion: Catholic.

  • Described himself as a collector on his marriage certificate.
  • Joined NSW Ambulance Service in the 1940s, serving in country centres.
  • In 1945 collapsed under the effect of cyanide fumes when rescuing victims at Manly. Was driven to hospital in his own ambulance. 

  • Transferred to Sydney where he became founding member of the Central District Ambulance Shop Committee, of which he was president, secretary and treasurer at various times.
  • From 1955 he was active in addressing conditions for ambulance men and became secretary of the Ambulance Branch within the Health Workers’ Association. Appointed to executive of union. Elected organiser in 1963.
  • Member, Ambulance Employees’ State Conciliation Committee, Crown Employees Appeals Board and was association representative on Ambulance Transport Service Board.
  • Active in Australian Labor Party and delegate to annual conference.
  • Cause of death: myocardial infarction.

Health Standard
, October-November 1970.

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Life Summary [details]


Tumut, New South Wales, Australia


15 August, 1970 (aged ~ 56)
Goulburn, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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