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Hector Ross (1894–1970)

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Hector Ross (1894-1970) builder’s labourer, Communist organiser, editor 

Birth: 10 October 1894 in Sydney. Son of New-Zealand born Marie Nolan. Evidence later furnished that the father was Angus Ross, sea captain. Marriage: (1) 15 December 1923 in Sydney to Hedwig ‘Hettie’ Weitzel. (2) 31 July 1934 at the Registrar General’s Office, Sydney, to widowed Catherine Mildren, late MacKee, née Izzard. They had one daughter. Death: 2 November 1970 at Roseland Convalescent Hospital, Sydney. 

  • With wife Hettie, was one of the first organisers for the Communist Party of Australia (CPA). Member, CPA central executive in 1920s; editor of CPA newspaper, WorkersWeekly in 1920s.
  • Delegate, with Hettie, to CPNZ conference in 1924. Subsequently toured New Z ealand seeking to reunite warring party factions.
  • Travelled to USSR in 1926.
  • Divorced Hettie in 1931.

Information from K. Taylor, 1991; Malcolm Henry Ellis, The red road: the story of the capture of the Lang party by Communists, instructed from Moscow (Sydney [1932]), and The Garden path (Sydney, 1949). 

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10 October, 1894
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


2 November, 1970 (aged 76)
Narwee, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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