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Harold Loader (1896–1971)

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Harold Loader (1896-1971) school teacher and trade union official

Birth: 19 February 1896 at Talbot, Victoria, son of native-born parents Charles Henry Loader (1865-1913), mining engineer, and Louisa, née Taylor (1867-1938). Marriage: 1920 at East Melbourne to Ethel Maude Clark (1894-1967), born at Kyneton. They had one daughter and two sons. Death: 21 September 1971 at his usual residence, Goodwin Street, West Preston, Melbourne, Victoria. 

  • Educated at State School, Gravel Hill, 1976 and the Bendigo Continuation School.
  • Competed in debating competitions in Bendigo. Joined committees that revised Arithmetic, Social Studies and English courses. Taught at pilot schools and was seconded by the Education Department to explain new methods.
  • Member, Victorian Teachers’ Union, male assistants’ branch from about 1930 to 1950. Representative on Council 1934; Executive member of the Victorian Teachers’ Union for twenty-four years and was vice-president in 1937-38 and 1943-45, and president in 1939-40 and 1946-47. Past president, 1941-42, 1948-49; treasurer 1936 and 1952-1961.
  • In particular in the period as president in 1946-47 assisted in leading the establishment of tribunal for teachers in opposition to Public Service controls. which was won in 1946. Presented the first salary claim to tribunal (with Dudley Schubert).
  • Joined Victorian Teachers’ Union, head teachers’ branch on his appointment as head teacher of Bell State School, 1950. Special class head teacher of West Preston State School 1958.
  • Representative for teachers and public servants on State Superannuation Board from 1955 to 1962.
  • Attended Teachers Federation conferences in all States and was president/chairman in 1947.
  • Council member Victorian State School Amateur Athletic Association (VSSAAA) and president, Victorian State Schools’ Horticultural Society.
  • Executive member and deputy chairman on committee set up to frame legislation to create the Council of Adult Education. Deputy Chairman, Council of Adult Education.
  • Member, Standing Committee on ABC school broadcasting committees.
  • Granted union life membership in 1961.
  • Cause of death: cardiac failure (days), ischaemic heart disease (years) and cachexia (weeks).

Sources
Teachers Journal
, May, 1958 p 139, November 1960 p 396, March 1961 p 25, November 1971, p 430.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Age (Melbourne), 23 January 1940, p 8

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'Loader, Harold (1896–1971)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/loader-harold-34283/text43011, accessed 23 April 2024.

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