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Wickham, Louis Norman (1879–1971)

Amalgamated Engineering Union Interstate Conference, Melbourne 1927

Amalgamated Engineering Union Interstate Conference, Melbourne 1927

Wickham is seated in front row, third from right

Louis Norman Wickham (1879-1971) blacksmith, trade union leader 

Birth: 1879 in Goulburn, New South Wales, son of English-born Robert Wickham (1851-1896), engine-driver, and Ann Jane Smith, who was born in Sydney. Marriage: 1909 in Newtown, Sydney, NSW, to Ethel Madeline Porthouse. Death: 31 March 1971 in hospital at Hornsby, Sydney, NSW. 

  • His father was killed when passing Beecroft, Sydney, on 11 June 1896 when he fell from his railway locomotive engine being driven from Sydney to Newcastle and broke his neck. He had been one of the oldest drivers in the service.
  • Lou was an apprenticed blacksmith, Cockatoo Island in Sydney. Worked as a blacksmith for 25 yrs.
  • Joined Amalgamated Society of Engineers (later AEU) in 1900. Branch secretary, district delegate, Commonwealth Council trustee. Delegate to 1915 Rules Revision Meeting in Manchester England in 1915. Delegate to two rules revision meetings in Australia. Secretary, Commonwealth Council AEU from 1922 to 1944 (retired).
  • Was a justice of the peace.

Sources
Labor Daily
(Sydney), 13 January 1927, p 7: https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/page/25635600; AEU Monthly Journal, May 1970.

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Amalgamated Engineering Union Interstate Conference, Melbourne 1927

Amalgamated Engineering Union Interstate Conference, Melbourne 1927

Wickham is seated in front row, third from right