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Norman Read (Norm) Lacey (1927–1995)

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Norman Read (Norm) Lacey (1927-1995) coalminer, trade union official and Communist 

Birth: 8 September 1927 at Victoria Park, Western Australia, son of Horatio Herbert George Lacey (1886-1952), clerk and post office telegraphist, later a farmer, born at Gorlaston, Sussex, England, and Dorothy Freda Louisa, née Weickhardt (1898-1948), born at Korumburra, Victoria. Marriage: 23 October 1953 to native-born Jean Olive, née Reichard, late Shenstone (1926-2014). They had three children. Death: 14 November 1995 at Perth, Western Australia. 

  • Joined Eureka Youth League about 1942, and became State president. Member of the Communist Party of Australia from about 1945 and later was a member of the party’s State committee.
  • Attended World Youth Festival in 1951 and visited Bulgaria afterwards.
  • Moved to Collie, WA, about 1952, and worked as a miner. Became active in Miners’ Union on Griffin Lodge Committee and was chairman of the Miners’ Publicity Committee about 1955.
  • CPA candidate for the seat of Collie in the Legislative Assembly in April 1956.
  • Later lived in Nedlands, Perth, and worked as a nurse.

, 27 March 1956, p 10.

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  • profile, Tribune (Sydney), 27 March 1956, p 10

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8 September, 1927
Victoria Park, Perth, Western Australia, Australia


14 November, 1995 (aged 68)
Perth, Western Australia, Australia

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