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William Henry (Harry) Liversage (1860–1928)

by Peter D. Gardner

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William Henry (Harry) Liversage (1860-1924) mine check weighman and trade union activist

Birth: 1860 Manchester, England, son of John Liversage, miner, and Helen, née Mather. Marriage: 13 February 1886 at Wallsend, New South Wales, to Sarah Jane, née Durbin, late Truebody (1854-1943), a widow born in Glamorgan, Wales. They had five sons and three daughters, six of whom predeceased him. Sarah later married William Henry Gilbert (1861-1940). Death: 28 April 1924 in Sacred Heart Hospice, Darlinghurst, Sydney, late of Kurri Kurri, NSW. Religion: Baptist. 

  • Arrived in New South Wales about 1864. Later moved to Victoria.
  • Activist in Coal Creek Miners' Association (Korumburra, Victoria) and Victorian Coal Miners' Association from 1893 to 1904. Trustee in original Coal Creek Miners' Union 1893 and had serious accident at Coal Creek same year
  • 1898 was check weighman at Outtrim mine & was district officer when Victorian coal strike called off in 1904.
  • Left district 1904 and worked at Kurri Kurri & Aberdeen, NSW.
  • Cause of death pulmonary tuberculosis.

Outtrim New
; Korumburra Times; Great Southern Advocate; Tocsin; information from family members; P. D. Gardner, Too old to rat: the radical miners of South Gippsland 1893-1904 (Ensay, Victoria, 1994).

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Peter D. Gardner, 'Liversage, William Henry (Harry) (1860–1928)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

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Manchester, Greater Manchester, England


28 April, 1928 (aged ~ 68)
Darlinghurst, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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