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Atholl Edward MacGregor (1864–1960)

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Atholl Edward John MacGregor (1864-1960) school teacher, trade union official 

Birth: 10 September 1864 at Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, [on death certificate wrongly given as Birmingham, England], son of James McGregor (1839-1905), joiner, sometime clerk of works in Government Architect’s Department, later publican, born at Auchtergaven, Perthshire, Scotland, and Bilhah, née Bailey (1841-1910), born at Slimbridge, Gloucestershire, England. Marriage: 12 July 1893 in the District Registrar’s Office at Broken Hill, New South Wales, to Sarah Jane Bailey (1865-1952), also born at Birmingham. They had one son and two daughters. Death: 13 August 1960 in Alfred Carson hospital, Claremont, Perth, Western Australia. Religion: Anglican.

  • Educated at Fort Street state school and the University of Sydney. Appointed Pupil Teacher for four years. Taught at Deniliquin in 1887 and in Sydney schools until 1890 (resigned).
  • Worked in mining in, and around, Broken Hill and Alice Springs for four years.
  • Arrived in Western Australia in 1894. Worked as a clerk in the Education Department. Was a teacher, Mingenew and Busselton.
  • Founding headmaster at Highgate State School from 1895 until he retired in 1927.
  • First Honorary president of the WA Teachers’ Union in 1896. Sometime honorary treasurer.
  • President of first Teachers’ Conference in 1899. Member of the disputes committee. Member, strike committee during strike in 1920.
  • Held various offices in the Head Teachers’ Association. Retired in 1927.
  • Cause of death: senility (years), contributory cause, large fungating rodent ulcer below left ear (years).

H. J. Gibbney and Ann G. Smith, A Biographical Register 1788-1939, vol 2 (Canberra, 1987); WA Teachers’ Journal, September 1960, p 149.

Additional Resources

  • photo, Sunday Times (Perth), 26 December 1920, p 1
  • photo, Western Mail (Perth), 6 January 1927, p 7
  • retires as headmaster, Western Mail (Perth), 6 January 1927, p 40

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Atholl MacGregor, 1920

Atholl MacGregor, 1920

Sunday Times (Perth), 26 December 1920, p 1

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10 September, 1864
Glebe, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


13 August, 1960 (aged 95)
Claremont, Perth, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (skin)

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