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William McPherson (c. 1857–1943)

by Chris Cunneen

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William McPherson [known as ‘Snowy Campbell’] (1857-1943), shearer, and gaoled trade unionist

Birth: [according to his death certificate] c.1857 in Chatsworth, Victoria, son of Oscar Macpherson, farmer, and Anne, née Green. Marriage: Unknown. Death: 7 August 1943 in Wiluna district hospital, Western Australia. Religion: Methodist. 

  • A staunch unionist linked with the foundation of the Australian Workers’ Union. According to obituaries he hailed from Narah (Cootamundra) New South Wales, was gaoled in an early strike in the eastern States in the early 1880s and knew the poet “Henry Lawson personally”.
  • Went to Coolgardie in 1890 and “worked on practically every mining field in the Golden West” - a goldfields identity. Was an old age pensioner when he died.
  • Cause of death: pneumonia and cardiac failure.

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Chris Cunneen, 'McPherson, William (c. 1857–1943)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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  • Campbell, Snowy

c. 1857
Chatsworth, Victoria, Australia


7 August, 1943 (aged ~ 86)
Wiluna, Western Australia, Australia

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