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Stanley Charles Bevan (1901–1987)

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Bevan, Stanley Charles (1901-1987) timberworker and sawyer, trade union leader, parliamentarian 

Birth: 14 October 1901 in Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia, son of Charles Claude Bevan, bootmaker, and Caroline, née Smith. Marriage: 2 April 1934 at the Queen of Angel’s Church, Thebarton, Adelaide, to Ida Anne Agnes Conroy, music teacher. They had three childdren. Death: 19 September 1987 in Adelaide. Religion: Roman Catholic. 

  • Educated at Thebarton Street School.
  • Secretary, Miscellaneous Workers Union, 1942-52 and federal secretary 1947-56.
  • Subject to power play by New South Wales Branch and Arthur Gietzelt in 1955 and resigned when position became untenable.
  • President, SA United Trades and Labor Council, 1951-52, 1955-56.
  • President, SA Branch of the Australian Labor Party in 1952-53. Chairman, Transport Control Board, SA
  • Member of the Legislative Council of South Australia 1951-1970. Local Government, Minister for Roads and Mines, 1965-66.

CP & R??; Margo Beasley, Wharfies: the history of the Waterside Workers’ Federation, (Rushcutters Bay, 1996).

Additional Resources

  • profile, News (Adelaide), 23 October 1951, p 7

Citation details

'Bevan, Stanley Charles (1901–1987)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 15 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


14 October, 1901
Norwood, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia


19 September, 1987 (aged 85)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

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