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Allen, Robert (?–?)

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Robert Allen (?-?) coalminer

Birth: ? Marriage: ? Death: ?

  • Coalminer.
  • 1926, Dismissed from South Bulli colliery for ‘persistent defiance of management’. 
  • Militant Minority Movement (MMM) militant.
  • 1928, prominent in organisation of One Big Union (OBU) of the Unemployed among displaced coalminers, and ‘known agitator against constitutional government’.
  • 1930, journalist with Labor Daily, Illawarra, sympathetically covering strikes and 1931 Bulli dole riot. Replaced by J.T. Lang when criticisms of government became too strident.
  • 1934, organiser of anti-eviction housing reform movement for unemployed in Illawarra. Outspoken in 1934 local government elections in which he regarded rivals as New Guard supporters.
  • 1938, admitted to membership of WWF.

Sources
Len Richardson, The Bitter Years: Wollongong during the Great Depression (Sydney, c.1984).

Citation details

'Allen, Robert (?–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://labouraustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/allen-robert-25497/text33840, accessed 27 November 2021.

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