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Plaque erected by the Australian Workers Union in memory John McNeill, General President-1939-1943.
Mr John McNeill, General President (1939 -1943) and NSW Secretary of the Australian Workers' Union, died on the 14th June,1943 , aged 75. He twice represented Wannon in the House of Representatives and was Minister for Health in the Scullin Government. Mr McNeill, who was at one time a shearer, had been an official of the AWU for 40 years. He was first
organiser for the union in Victoria. He was a member of the Commonwealth Wool Board and of the Trades Union Defence Advisory Panel.
A pact was made between Senator John Barnes, Mr Andrew McKissock, and Mr McNeill that when one died the others would plant Cootamundra wattle trees over his grave. Mr McNeill
survived the other two, but arrangements were made to ensure that wattle trees were planted on his grave.
|Address:||College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -37.791811|
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AUSTRALIAN WORKERS UNION
In Memory Of
GENERAL PRESIDENT 1939 – 1943
A DEVOTED HUSBAND & FATHER.