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Anthony (Ant) Luchetti (1869–1942)

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Anthony (Ant) Luchetti (1869-1942) coal-mine checkweigher, trade union leader, merchant and carter 

Birth: 13 August 1869 at Lowther, New South Wales, son of Alexander (Alessandro) Luchetti (1823-1902), farmer, born in Ancona, Italy, and Irish-born Sarah, née Jennings. Marriage: 1893 at Lithgow to Hartley-born Catherine Evans (1872-1929). They had five sons and two daughters. Death: 20 June 1942 at Katoomba, New South Wales. Religion: Catholic. 

  • First president, Coal Miners' Mutual Protective Association of the Western District and first Western District Association; check inspector c.1900.
  • Was a pioneer member of the Hartley District Eight Hour Committee, founded in 1900.
  • Founding secretary of Lithgow Political Labor League, 1901.
  • 1906 defeated George Cann for position of president Western Miners’ Association (WMA).
  • With Peter Bowling and T. R. Morgan, was on the sub-committee appointed to draft constitution of Australasian Coal & Shale Workers' Federation (ACSWF) 1907 and was a member of the committee of management of the ACSWF 1909.
  • Worked at Eskbank in 1899, then as weighman for the Zigzag colliery. In 1909 he resigned as president of WMA and moved from Lithgow to Blackheath where he was a wood and coal merchant and later a carrier. He remained active in the Australian Labor Party.
  • His eldest son Joe served in the 1st Australian Imperial Force and was seriously wounded.
  • Anthony Sylvester Luchetti, Labor member of Australian parliament, was his nephew.

Edgar Ross, A history of the Miners' Federation of Australia ([Sydney] 1970).

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13 August, 1869
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia


20 June, 1942 (aged 72)
Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia

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