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Thomas Price (1857–1943)

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Tom Price, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Tom Price, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Labor Call (Melbourne, Vic), 7 February 1924, p 12

Thomas (Tom) Price (1857-1943) ironworker and trade union official 

Birth: 17 December 1857 at Bryntrallwyn, Llandwrog, Caernarvonshire, Wales, United Kingdom, son of Hugh Price (1829-1907), agricultural labourer, gardener or publican, and Mary (or Ann), née Roberts (1837-1905), who signed with a mark. Marriage: 20 December 1888 at Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, with Free Church of England rites, to native-born Helena Maria Dahl (c.1864-1961), dress-maker. They had two sons. Death: 20 August 1943 at Albert Park, Victoria. Religion: Presbyterian. 

  • Arrived in Victoria with his family on Christmas Day 1883.
  • Member of the Amalgamated Society of Ironworkers from its inception, about 1886. Secretary of the Victorian Branch of Ironworkers’ Union from 1888 to his retirement in 1938. Was the original mover for federation of the various State branches. In 1918 was appointed Federal secretary.
  • First secretary of the Iron Trades Council and from 1906 at least held position of vice-president.
  • Representative of Ironworkers’ Union on the Trades Hall Council. Representative of Ironworkers’ Union on Eight-Hours Anniversary Committee and from 1906 at least held position of treasurer.
  • Long time supporter of South Melbourne Football Club, sometime member of its executive.
  • Cause of death: cardiac failure, broncho-pneumonia and hernia.

Sources
Labor Call
(Melbourne), 26 August 1943, p 8; Worker, 10 May 1906 p 2.

Additional Resources

  • photo, Labor Call (Melbourne), 20 April 1911, p 8
  • is to retire, Herald (Melbourne), 14 August 1937, p 6

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'Price, Thomas (1857–1943)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/price-thomas-33858/text42407, accessed 29 May 2024.

© Copyright People Australia, 2012

Tom Price, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Tom Price, caricature by Dick Ovenden, 1924

Labor Call (Melbourne, Vic), 7 February 1924, p 12

Life Summary [details]

Birth

17 December, 1857
Llandwrog, Caernarfonshire, Wales

Death

20 August, 1943 (aged 85)
Albert Park, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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