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Charles Alfred (Alf) Fritsch (1890–1953)

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Charles Alfred Joseph (Alf) Fritsch (1890-1953) miner, gaoled trade union official and alderman 

Birth: 1890 at  Broken Hill, New South Wales, son of Charles Fritsch (1859-1934), a labourer, and Elizabeth Zenobia, née Thomas (1866-1948). Both parents had been born in South Australia. Unmarried. Death: 1 September 1953 at Broken Hill. Religion: Methodist. 

  • Miner at Broken Hill, retiring from North mine in 1952.
  • Delegate of Workers’ Industrial Union of Australia on Barrier District Assembly of Australian Labor Party. Chairman, Combined Check-weighers Member of Federation Central Council from c.1912 to 1952 (retired), held official position for 25 years. Trustee, Mines Pension Fund. Secretary of the Unemployed Union in 1933, in which he had held every executive position during Depression years.
  • Served a short term in goal for attempting to force higher unemployment benefits.
  • Alderman of Broken Hill Municipal Council for several years and staunch supporter of ALP.
  • Chairman, Barrier Industrial Union, President of the Central Football Club. Member Barrier Social Democratic Club.
  • Cause of death: coronary occlusion and hypertension.

Barrier Daily Truth (Broken Hill), 7 September 1933 [p 5]; Common Cause, 12 September 1953, p 8.

Additional Resources

  • funeral, Barrier Miner (Broken Hill, NSW), 4 September 1953, p 4

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Life Summary [details]


Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia


1 September, 1953 (aged ~ 63)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
Political Activism