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Charles Thomas (Charlie) Vinall (1882–1962)

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Charlie Vinall, n.d.

Charlie Vinall, n.d.

Charles Thomas (Charlie) Vinall (1882-1962) miner, alderman and trade union official 

Birth: 14 July 1882 at Springton, South Australia, son of native-born parents Thomas Vinall (1856-1934) and Pauline Louise, née Starick (1859-1950). Marriage: 3 November 1906 at Broken Hill, New South Wales, to Lilie, née Harvey, late Deeble (1873-1941), a widow, born at Camborne, Cornwall, England, who had one surviving son. They had one daughter and four sons. Death: 21 August 1962 at Broken Hill. Religion: Methodist. 

  • Coalminer at Jumbunna, South Gippsland, Victoria. Went to Broken Hill in 1900.
  • Miner from 1900 to 1905. Dismissed as a result of dispute where he supported a workmate who he believed had been treated unfairly. Worked in shops in the town.
  • Returned to mining at South mine when there was a big fire underground. Secretary of Workers' Industrial Union of Australia (Barrier District) in 1921-22, resigned due to injuries in a motor accident. Left Broken Hill in March 1924 on medical advice and returned at the end of 1925.
  • Contested position again for secretary of WIUofA in 1925 and held office until he retired in 1955.
  • Alderman on Broken Hill council 1929-1931. Described by the anti-Labor Barrier Miner as “unobtrusive, unpretentious, hard-working … a good servant of the union … known to dislike publicity”.
  • Foundation member and sometime district master of Willyama lodge of the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows. Also sometime president of the United Friendly Societies’ Council.
  • Cause of Death: Congestive heart failure and senility.

Barrier Daily Truth
(Broken Hill), 17 December 1926, 7 September 1933, [p 5]; Common Cause, 1 September 1962 p 2

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Charlie Vinall, n.d.

Charlie Vinall, n.d.

Life Summary [details]


14 July, 1882
Springton, South Australia, Australia


21 August, 1962 (aged 80)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

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