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Edwin (Ted) Truscott (1865–1937)

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Edwin (Ted) Truscott, also known as Edward (1865-1937) coal-miner and trade union official

Birth: 4 November 1865 at St Dennis, Cornwall, England, son of James Truscott (1823-1890), clay labourer, and Eliza, née Knight (1827-1885). Marriage: 26 February 1891 at the bride’s parents’ home at Wonoona, New South Wales, to Mary Smith (1870-1939), born in Staffordshire, England. They had one daughter and three sons. Death: 9 July 1937 in his home at Hill Street, Bowenfels, Lithgow, NSW. Religion: Methodist. 

  • Arrived in Australia on the Gulf of Venus on 3 February 1885. First work in NSW was at the South Bulli and Helensburgh mines.
  • Moved to Lithgow before 1887. He worked in the Eskbank and Vale of Clwydd mines. He then moved to the Zigzag colliery where he was check-weighman until its closure in 1931.
  • With Robert Pillans he was instrumental in forming the union at Newnes in 1907.
  • Secretary, Coal Miners' Mutual Protective Association of the Western District, NSW (1909). During 1909-1910 coal strike he was alleged to have desired to keep northern & southern mines idle in order to benefit his own members. Secretary of union defence committee during Lithgow strike of 1911, being prosecuted for his part in strike. 1913 mineworkers' representative on Western District coalmining Wages Board.
  • He was secretary of the local Druids lodge for a number of years.
  • Cause of death: chronic myocarditis and senility.
  • A cousin was the father of the Labor politician Hamilton Knight.

Edgar Ross, A history of the Miners' Federation of Australia, ([Sydney] 1970)

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  • Truscott, Edward

4 November, 1865
St Dennis, Cornwall, England


9 July, 1937 (aged 71)
Lithgow, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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