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Patrick Aloysius (Pat) Kilderry (1891–1969)

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Patrick Aloysius (Pat) Kilderry (1891-1969) farmer, furnaceman, trade union official

Birth: 1 June 1891 at Jamestown, South Australia, son of native-born parents Thomas Jeremiah Kelderry (1861-1947), farmer, and Annie Clara, née Dempsey (1864-1947). Marriage: 14 April 1926 at St Michael’s church, Clare, SA, to Bridget Connors (1895-1969). They had three children. Death: 27 May 1969 at Whyalla, SA. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Parents had a farm at Cavenagh, near Dawson, in the Peterborough district, South Australia.
  • In the 1930s Pat was a farmer at Booborowie, Clare, SA. Bankrupted in 1937. Ran Globe Coffee Palace, Clare.
  • Moved to Whyalla in 1940, building a home there while his family remained at Clare. His occupation on the electoral roll in 1941 shown as “farmer” at Tent 205, Blast Furnace, Whyalla. In 1948 he was a furnaceman living at Whyalla.
  • Held office with various unions from 1940: president of the Painters and Dockers’ Union, executive member of the Hotel, Club and Restaurant Union, secretary of the Federated Ironworkers’ Association (FIA), Port Pirie-Whyalla branch, from 1952 until he retired in 1964.
  • President of the Combined Unions Committee, FIA. President of Whyalla Trades Hall, 1960.

Labor News,
May-June 1969.

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1 June, 1891
Jamestown, South Australia, Australia


27 May, 1969 (aged 77)
Whyalla, South Australia, Australia

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