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Alfred Edwin (Alf) Evers (1877–1950)

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Alfred Edwin (Alf) Evers (1877-1950) stockman, goods porter, railway employee, clerk and trade union official 

Birth: 26 November 1877 at Reeds Creek, Molong, New South Wales, son of native-born parents Edwin (Ted) Evers (1853-1942), farmer, and his first wife Mary Elizabeth, née Mason (1855-1883). Marriage: 21 July 1917 at St Patrick’s Church, Kogarah, to Sarah Ann Doughan (1882-1960). They had two sons. Death: 12 June 1950 at his residence, Bexley, Sydney. Religion: Buried with Anglican rites. 

  • Spent boyhood on sheep and cattle farm at Molong. Worked on the Western Australian goldfields. About 1904 travelled to India. Returned in 1907, with horse ship, India to Australia.
  • Unionist from the age of 15. Active member of Australian Workers’ Union and Amalgamated Miners’ Association, West Australian Miners Colliery Employees’ Federation (CEF), then Amalgamated Railway and Tramway Association.
  • Member of the Newcastle board of CEF. Secretary Miners Accident Relief Fund at West Wallsend.
  • President Australian Labor Party branch, West Wallsend. Committee-member, vice-chairman, chair and delegate of Darling Harbour branch and treasurer. Delegate to NSW Trades Hall Council and ALP conference.
  • 1912 joined NSW railway service. Anti-conscriptionist. Victimised as result of 1917 strike.
  • President and organiser of Federated Clerks Union (FCU) in 1920s. Secretary NSW Branch, FCU, from 1932 to 1940.
  • Endorsed ALP candidate for Bexley municipal council in December 1931.
  • Son Edwin Mason Evers (1918-1969), a ladies hairdresser, was mobilized for full-time service in the Citizen Military Forces from December 1941 to July 1942, and in the Australian Imperial Force from then until March 1946, including some time in New Guinea and New Britain.
  • Cause of death: acute coronary occlusion, diabetes mellitus and hypertension. 

 Sources
Co-operator, 10 May 1917; Labor Daily, 13 January 1927.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Labor Daily (Sydney), 13 January 1927, p 7

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'Evers, Alfred Edwin (Alf) (1877–1950)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/evers-alfred-edwin-alf-33611/text42044, accessed 19 April 2024.

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Alfred Evers, 1927

Alfred Evers, 1927

Labor Daily (Sydney), 13 January 1927, p 7

Life Summary [details]

Birth

26 November, 1877
Molong, New South Wales, Australia

Death

12 June, 1950 (aged 72)
Bexley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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