Dick O’Donnell

O’DONNELL, Dick (?-?)

B.? D.?

Joined union, Federated Furnishing Trades Union, Vic Branch (Vic. Branch Furnishing Trades Society?) c. 1903; Exec. Officer including President, and Auditor; Organiser 1915; Assistant Sec. Federated Furnishing Trades Union, Vic Branch, c.1913; Membership of union at least doubled from c.1913 to 1926, during his period of assistant secretary; Sec. 1926 following death of Archie Dobson; Member, Federal Executive; Delegate, Wages Board; Delegate, THC; Union Rep. on Returned Soliers’ Committee; Union rep. Vocational Training Committee; ALP rep.; Resigned secretaryship in 1928 due to ill-health; Life-member of union on retirement; Cricket, football and horse-racing enthusiast

Labor Call, 1 Nov. 1923 p.8; Furnishing Worker, 1 Feb. 1935

 

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  1. Known as Dick O’Donnell, Richard Francis O’Donnell was born in West Melbourne 2 Sep 1872 to William O’Donnell & Mary Hennessy. He was a French Polisher and Upholsterer by Trade and became involved in the Union Movement early on, joining possibly around 1890. He married Elizabeth Ann (Lizzie) Collins in 1904 three sons and three daughters. Dick passed away at home in Glen Iris 21 Dec 1934.

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