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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.
 

Location

Address:College Crescent, Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
State:VIC
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.791811
Long: 144.961975
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Humanitarian

Dedication

Front Inscription

             ERECTED BY
AUSTRALIAN WORKERS UNION
             In Memory Of

              JOHN MCNEILL
GENERAL PRESIDENT 1939 – 1943
A DEVOTED HUSBAND & FATHER.

                      R.I.P

Source: MA ,ADB
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