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William Thomas Newbery (1876–1956)

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William Thomas Newbery (sometimes known as Newbury) (1876-1956) cigar maker and trade union official 

Birth: 9 August 1876 at Bullanaming Street, Waterloo, Sydney, New South Wales, son of James Charles Newbery (1838-1909), pitt sawyer, and Susannah Mary, née Smith (1838-1918). Both parents had been born in London, England. Marriage: 1898 at Redfern, Sydney, to Harriet Mary Caldwell (1875-1945). They had one daughter and two sons. Death: 16 December 1956 at Canterbury District Memorial Hospital, Campsie; usual residence Fourth Avenue, Campsie, Sydney. Religion: Presbyterian. 

  • Father had arrived in Sydney aboard the Monica in 1857.
  • Worked for British Australian Tobacco at Raleigh Park, Kensington, NSW. Delegate, Cigarmakers Employees' Union.
  • Secretary of the Cigar makers Employees' Union from 1911 until he retired in 1941, elected unopposed each year.
  • Travelled annually to Melbourne for Trades Hall Council meeting.
  • Member, NSW branch of the Australian Labor Party. In 1916-1917 was one of the ‘Industrialists’ [anti-conscriptionists] elected to the executive of the NSW Political Labor League.
  • Cause of death: cerebral thrombosis, carcinoma of colon, anaemia and hypertension.

Information in letter 7 February 1998 from Mrs Robyn Prince, who is great granddaughter of William.

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  • Newbury, William Thomas

9 August, 1876
Waterloo, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


16 December, 1956 (aged 80)
Campsie, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cerebral thrombosis

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