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Gordon Joseph (Roy) Hill (1899–1967)

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Gordon Joseph (Roy or Snowy) Hill (1899-1967) driver and trade union official 

Birth: 7 June 1899 in Women’s Hospital, Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, and registered as Joseph Gordon, son of Melbourne-born James Hill, engineer (1862-?), and Tasmanian-born Annie Florence, née McCarthy (1864-1961?). Marriages: (1) 1920 at Port Melbourne, to native-born Ivy Evelyn Harcourt (1897-1953). They had two daughters. (2) 1954 at Melbourne to Elsie May Schaefer. Death: 9 June 1967 at South Melbourne.

  • Worked for W. Rodgersons, carriers, in 1919.
  • As rank-and-file member, served on committee of Transport Workers’ Union (TWU) for many years and held position of president for four successive terms. Union delegate on Trades Hall Council.
  • Elected TWU organiser in 1944. Secretary of Victorian branch of TWU from 1954.
  • Retired in 1964 due to ill health.
  • Cause of death: peritonitis, burst abdomen and rectal bleeding of unknown cause.

Sources
Transport Worker
, June 1967; Bradley Bowden, Driving force: the history of the Transport Workers’ Union of Australia 1883-1992 (St Leonards, 1993).

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