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Gilbert Ernest (George) Moate (1891–1969)

by Chris Cunneen

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George Moate, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1923

George Moate, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1923

Labor Call (Melbourne), 1 March 1923, p 3

Gilbert Ernest (‘George’) Moate (1891-1969) seaman and trade union official

Birth: 18 September 1891 at South Melbourne, Victoria, son of native-born parents George Richard Moate (1861-1944), wood carver, and Ethel Ellen, née Tite (1869-1969). Marriage: 5 September 1914 in the Congregational manse at Fitzroy, Victoria, to native-born May Florence Willox (1894-1979), a milliner. They had a daughter and a son. Death: 27 October 1969 at Kew, Victoria. 

  • Began his working life as a Herald newsboy in Melbourne. Was employed in a Victorian timber mill in 1907 and early in 1908 went to sea.
  • Back on land in 1915, took a job carpentering at the Caulfield Military Hospital. Active in anti-conscription campaigns in 1916 and 1917. Went back to sea. Acquired an extensive knowledge of the South Sea Islanders and their customs.
  • In 1916 was elected assistant secretary of the Marine Stewards and Pantrymen’s Association of Australia. In 1921 was elected general president.
  • Prominent in the Australian Labor Party conference in 1922. Newspaper references wrongly describe him as a brother of Sydney-based Archie Moate, sometime secretary of the marine stewards’ union.
  • An “energetic supporter of Labor’s new Objective”. Responsible for the trade paper The Marine Stewards Journal.
  • Cause of death: bilateral lobar pneumonia.

Daily Herald
(Adelaide), 28 March 1924, p 2.

Additional Resources

  • photo, Sun (Sydney), 28 June 1922, p 8
  • profile, Labor Call (Melbourne), 1 March 1923, p 3

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Chris Cunneen, 'Moate, Gilbert Ernest (George) (1891–1969)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 May 2024.

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