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William McIntosh (1860–1907)

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McIntosh, William ('Mac') (1860-1907) compositor and trade union official 

Birth: 5 March 1860 at Hobart, Tasmania, son of David (or Daniel) McIntosh (1830-1883), a carpenter, born at Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland, and Ann, née Currie (1832-1904), born at Dublin, Ireland, who signed with a mark. Marriages: (1) 22 October 1881 with Wesleyan forms at Hobart to Emily Stewart Aspinall (1860-1895). They had two daughters and six sons (2) 6 February 1897 at the Wesleyan parsonage, Hobart, to native-born Emily Ada Florence Lowe (1873-1898). (3) 1 April 1899 with Wesleyan Methodist forms at Sandy Bay, Hobart, to native-born Annie, née Lester, late Proctor (1873-1968), a widow with one daughter. Death: 10 August 1907 at Sandy Bay, Hobart. 

  • Both his parents seem to have arrived in Tasmania as convicts.
  • Served an apprenticeship as compositor in office of Tribune from about 1873 to about 1876. Engaged in seafaring about 1876. Worked for Mercury about 1876 and completed his indentures.
  • Staff member on the Evening Star, Hobart, in 1883 then on the Daily Telegraph, Launceston. Worked for the Tasmanian Government Printing Office from 1884 until his death.
  • Assisted in forming the Tasmanian Typographical Society, Hobart, in 1882. Represented the society at the Trades and Labour Council (TLC). Was an office holder on the TLC.
  • Delegate to the Intercolonial Trades and Labour Congress, Ballarat, Victoria, in 1890. Represented Tasmania on committee to draw up a scheme for the federation of Australian labour.
  • Chaired the inauguration committee of the eight-hour movement in Hobart in 1890 and was Typographical Society delegate from 1891 to 1897 at least. Represented society at Melbourne eight-hour celebrations three times. Representative of society to Sydney eight-hour celebration in 1894.
  • Representative of society to triennial meetings of the Australasian Typographical Union in 1889, 1892, 1898, 1901 and 1904.
  • Treasurer of Southern Tasmanian Typographical Society (STTS.) for about ten years; Secretary of STTS from 1894 to 1897 at least.
  • Past Provincial Grand Master, Oddfellows, Hobart district and awarded with a certificate of merit and regalia of office on completion of his term. Officer in the Independent Order of Good Templars (IOGT) and Rechabites and received presentations of addresses and regalia; Grand Secretary IOGT for five years. Grand Chief Templar in 1889-90 and GC (Grand Councillor), 1898 which is the second highest office in the Grand Lodge.
  • Cause of death: cancer of stomach and stomach collapse.

Australasian Typographical Journal
, Aug. 1897, 1 September 1907.

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5 March, 1860
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


19 August, 1907 (aged 47)
Sandy Bay, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (stomach)

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