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Frederick Ernest (Mick) Walker (1901–1954)

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Frederick Ernest (Mick) Walker (1901-1954) miner, trade union official, killed in mine explosion 

Birth: 10 August 1901 at Clermont, Queensland, son of native-born Ada Maria Walker (1879-1966), who married Alfred Edward Currie in 1905. Marriage: 19 May 1926 in Queensland to Angelina Emily Clements (1906-1973). They had three children. Death: 13 October 1954 in Collinsville mine disaster. Half-brother of John Henry Currie. 

  • Commenced mining about 1921. Elected assistant-secretary Collinsville branch Miners' Federation in late 1940s. 1952 elected to combined position of assistant-secretary & treasurer.
  • Active in 1952 Collinsville staydown strike, remaining underground despite serious injuries.
  • Killed in Collinsville mine explosion 1954.

Sources
Pete Thomas, The coalminers of Queensland: a narrative history of the Queensland Colliery Employees Union. Volume 1 Creating the traditions (Ipswich, 1986). 

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'Walker, Frederick Ernest (Mick) (1901–1954)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/walker-frederick-ernest-mick-33260/text41503, accessed 30 May 2024.

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