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Frederick John Webb (1898–1976)

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Frederick John Webb (1898-1976) telephone mechanic and trade union official 

Birth: 27 January 1898 at Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, younger of twin sons of native-born parents Frederick John Webb (1869-1943), printer and publisher, and Sarah Jane, née Oxworth (1859-1949).  Marriage: 22 January 1918 with Congregational forms at Collingwood to native-born Vera Lock (1899-1990). They had five daughters and one son. Death: 12 September 1976 at his home in Bonbeach, Victoria. Religion: Anglican. 

  • 1926 elected to Victorian Branch Executive of Postal Telecommunications Technicians Association (PTTA); assistant secretary 1928; secretary Victorian branch 1935. From 1943 general secretary of the PTTA; full-time secretary 1953-54.
  • In 1947 elected secretary of High Council of Commonwealth Public Service Organisations. In view of Federal Public Service Journal was partly responsible for ‘amicable and smooth working relationship’ between unions and the Commonwealth government.
  • Represented Commonwealth Public Service at Coronation celebrations in London in 1953.
  • 29 April 1954 appointed Conciliation Commissioner to Commonwealth Arbitration Court.
  • Cause of death: congestive cardiac failure, coronary artery disease, arteriosclerosis and cerebrovascular accident.

, February 1953, April 1954; Federal Public Service Journal, 31 December 1947.

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27 January, 1898
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


12 September, 1976 (aged 78)
Bonbeach, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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