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William (Bill) Luke (1897–1985)

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William (Bill) Luke (1897-1985) public servant and trade union official

Birth: 15 August 1897 at Hawthorn, Victoria, son of John Ford Luke (1862-1939), master painter, born at St Day Cornwall, England, and Emily, née Lean (1863-1899), born at Hawthorn, Victoria. Marriage: 9 September 1919 at Perth, Western Australia, to native-born Doris Magennis (1897-1977). They had one son. Death: 2 December 1985 at Karrinyup, Perth, Western Australia. 

  • Joined Federal Public Service Association in 1915. WA branch councillor, Federal Public Service Association for Department of Trade and Customs, 1934-1935. WA branch executive councillor, Federal Public Service Association, from 1938 to 1950.
  • WA branch secretary, Federal Public Service Association, from 1936 until retirement in 1964.
  • Journal Officer, WA branch for Federated Public Service Journal throughout term as Secretary. Represented Association on Promotions Appeal Committee from 1946 to at least 1954.
  • Attended all interstate conferences from 1938 to 1958. Gained life membership in 1954. WA branch president of the Federal Public Service Vigilance Committee from 1940 to at least 1954.
  • Retired in early 1970s. Cause of death: acute pulmonary oedema (2 days), atrial fibrillation (5 years) myocardial ischaemia (5 years) and arteriosclerosis (10 years).

Federal Public Service Journal
, Mar. 1955, p.7, March 1964 p 6.

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Life Summary [details]


15 August, 1897
Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


2 December, 1985 (aged 88)
Karrinyup, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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