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Gates named in honour of Tasmanian premier,Jim Bacon who died of lung cancer.

Jim Bacon was not just a student activist at Monash University. He was a leader of the Young Communist League and the Worker Student Alliance, and remained a revolutionary when he moved on to the labour movement. He was a disciplined Marxist-Leninist until he withdrew honourably from the Red Eureka Movement in the late 1970s.

Jim Bacon was the natural choice as leader of Tasmania`s unions - a responsibility he could not refuse, despite the necessity of joining the ALP. It was equally natural for him to then become the premier of Tasmania. Mr Bacon, 54, was forced to quit as premier at the height of his political success after he was diagnosed with inoperable, terminal cancer. He had overseen a transformation of Tasmania economically and socially.


Address:Invermay Road, York Park, Launceston, 7250
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -41.4264938
Long: 147.1375562
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Gate
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - State


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:August 2006
Source: MA
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