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George Robert Long (1845–1920)

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George Robert Long (1845-1920) pattern maker and trade union official

Birth: 24 May 1845 at Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, son of Thomas Long, carpenter, and Bertha. Marriage: 26 October 1876 at St Luke’s Anglican church, Sussex Street, Sydney, to Jessie Levy Hutchison (1851-1913), born at Glasgow, Scotland. Death: 22 July 1920 at Bay Road, Five Dock, Sydney. Religion: Anglican.

  • Served apprenticeship with P. N. Russel & Co. as millwright. Worked in patternmaking on Mort’s Dock.
  • Joined Amalgamated Society of Engineers (ASE), Sydney branch, in 1867. Foundation member of Balmain branch 1879. Balmain branch trustee from 1879 to 1920. Was president of Balmain branch on several occasions.
  • District Committee member and president of Sydney branch of ASE for many years. Represented branch on Iron Trades Council for many years. Represented union at Ballarat Industrial and Labour Conference in 1892.
  • Instrumental in gaining the building of the first locomotives in NSW by Clyde Engineering Co. and at Eveleigh Workshops. Expert adviser leading to the firm Bubb & Co. Ironfounders, Sydney, securing large contracts.
  • Member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and represented Enterprise Lodge on Balmain United Friendly Societies’ Dispensary Board for many years.
  • Member of Rozelle Labor League.
  • Superannuated in 1910.
  • Vacant Book keeper, Sydney branch. Attained jubilee as a member of union in 1918.
  • Cause of death: senile decay and hypostatic congestion of lungs.

Australian Worker
, 29 July 1920, p 10; Monthly Report, Amalgamated Society of Engineers AC February 1918; Monthly Report, AEU CC? Aug. 1920.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Australian Town and Country Journal, 16 May 1917, p 47

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Life Summary [details]


24 May, 1845
Balmain, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


22 July, 1920 (aged 75)
Five Dock, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

lung congestion

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
Political Activism