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Thomas McCarty (Tom) Lowry (1877–1941)

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Thomas McCarty (or McCarthy) (Tom) Lowry (1877-1941) miner, trade union official and political activist

Birth: 1877 at Kirkstall, Victoria, son of John Lowry (1827-1891), farmer, born at Toureen, County Tipperary, Ireland, and Mary, née McCarty. Unmarried: Death: 27 November 1941 at Collie, Western Australia. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Moved to Western Australia about 1901. Worked on goldfields at Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie and Menzies. Participated in Hampton Plains goldrush, 1905 and had two mining leases on that field.
  • Participated in the Australian Natives’ Association, and industrial and labour movement activities.
  • Moved to Collie to work in wheat farming, 1915. Gained work at Westralia colliery and joined the Collie Miners’ Union. When Westralia colliery closed in 1932 he obtained work at the Griffin? Mine.
  • General secretary of Collie Miners’ Union from 1933 until death. President, South-West District Council; Member, local industrial disputes committee; Represented Miners’ Union on ALP State Executive.
  • Member, Combined Unions’ Sports and Scholarship Committee. Member, South-West Industrial Development Association. Member, Aged and Infirm Miners’ Fund.
  • Cause of death: renal arterio-sclerosis and uraemia (10 days).

Common Cause
, 10 January 1942 p 4.

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  • Lowry, Thomas McCarthy

Kirkstall, Victoria, Australia


27 November, 1941 (aged ~ 64)
Collie, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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