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James Patrick (Jimmy) Gibson (1928–1992)

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James Patrick (Jimmy) Gibson (1928-1992) glass worker and trade union official 

Birth: 1928 at Sydney, New South Wales, son of native-born parents Herbert Joseph Gibson (1905-1954), motor driver, and Sylvia Florence, née Green (1909-1996). Marriage: 1949 at Cobar, NSW, to Patricia Dawn (Pat) Elkin (1927-2016). They had 3 children. Death: 9 February 1992 at Westmead, NSW. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Attended St Mark’s Convent School, Drummoyne, Sydney, and St Benedict’s, Broadway. Began work as a stable-hand when aged 14.
  • Aged 17 moved to rural NSW where he worked as a linesman.
  • Started working in a glass factory aged 21, joining Australian Glass Workers’ Union in 1950. Treasurer NSW branch and federal councillor 1955. Federal vice-president 1959. NSW and federal secretary for twenty-five years from 1965.
  • Awarded OAM in 1980.
  • Executive member NSW Trades and Labor Council from 1965 and later was president. Member of 2KY Wireless Committee 1969. Australian Labor Party member from 1952.
  • “Someone who may not make a big splash in the history books but perhaps that is the historians’ fault”.
  • Cause of death acute renal failure, pancytopenia, metastatic carcinoma bladder and bony metastases.

Labor Year Book, 1973; Sydney Morning Herald, 13 February 1972.

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Life Summary [details]


Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


9 February, 1992 (aged ~ 64)
Westmead, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (bladder)

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