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Thomas Davidson (Tom) Scott (1863–1912)

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Thomas Davidson (Tom) Scott (1863-1912) plasterer and trade union official 

Birth: 1863 at Guildford, Western Australia, son of John Davidson Scott (1838-1890), a cotton carder later a seaman, born at Carlisle, Cumberland, England, and Mary Ann, née Baillie (1838-1913), born at Belfast, Ireland. Marriage: 1898 in Melbourne to Mary Ann McIntosh. They had one daughter and five sons. Death: 25 October 1912 in hospital at East Melbourne. 

  • Came to Melbourne in 1870.
  • Member, Operative Plasterers’ Society and its representative to Trades Hall Council. President Melbourne THC.
  • President South Melbourne branch of the Australian Labor Party. First president Political Labor Council in 1903 and held many of the offices. Exec. member of PLC.
  • Treasurer, Eight-Hour Committee for two years.
  • Council member of the Working Men’s College.

(Wagga), 10 May 1906, p 2; Labor Call (Melbourne), obituary 31 October 1912 p 1 [], and tribute 14 November 1912, p 9 [].

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  • profile, Tocsin (Melbourne), 23 April 1903, p 11

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Thomas Scott

Thomas Scott

Tocsin (Melbourne), 23 April 1903, p 11

Life Summary [details]


Guildford, Perth, Western Australia, Australia


25 October, 1912 (aged ~ 49)
East Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death


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