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Aitken, Allan Dunlop (1889–1974)

This entry is from People Australia

Allan Dunlop Aitken (1889- 1974) trade union official

Born: 15 November 1889, Mackay, Queensland, the son of Allan Dunlop Aitken and Annie nee Shearer. Married: Lillie Alice Gill in Queensland in 1912. They had one daughter. Died: 27 December 1974 at Brisbane, Queensland.

  • First full-time secretary of Queensland Branch, Amalgamated Postal Workers Union (APWU), holding this position from 1925-1946.
  • Also engaged in business as a public accountant.
  • Served as delegate to union national conferences, having been delegate to first annual conference of APWU.
  • Assiduous in visiting outback Queensland and attentive to members’ grievances; ‘a great pioneer of post office trade unionism in Australia’.

Sources
Communication Worker
, March 1975; Frank Waters [Denis Murphy ed], Postal Unions and Politics: a history of the Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia (St Lucia, 1978).

Citation details

'Aitken, Allan Dunlop (1889–1974)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://labouraustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/aitken-allan-dunlop-25436/text33798, accessed 20 October 2021.

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