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Brightman, George Sydney (1916–2001)

by Peter Sheldon

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George Sydney Brightman (1916-2001) accountant and trade union official

Birth: 29 June 1916 in Sydney, New South Wales, son of native-born parents George Stanley Brightman (1882-1957), carpenter, and Emily Ada, née Cameron (1882-1965). Marriage: 4 May 1940 at St Clement’s Anglican Church, Marrickville, to Kathleen Napier Buckley (1917-2018), boot machinist. They had one son and two daughters. Death: 3 November 2001 in Sydney. Religion: Anglican. 

  • His father was a carpenter with the Metropolitan Water, Sewerage and Drainage Board and union representative and long-time member of the committee of management of the Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage Employees Association.
  • Educated Cleveland Street Intermediate High School and Sydney Technical High School.
  • 1936-50 office assistant and casual organiser, Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage Employees’ Association. 1940-43 accountancy qualification (gained part-time) Metropolitan Business College. 1944-60 part-time lecturer at that college.
  • 1950 appointed organiser Metropolitan Board of Water Supply and Sewerage Employees Association. Elected assistant secretary 1955 and secretary 1959-1970.
  • Capable and honest conservative union official. Resigned 1970 when the John Glebe-Sid Lake team won union election.
  • Accountant in private practice from 1970.
  • Was a Freemason.

George Brightman interviews, 24 Feb 1983, 14 Feb 1984, 29 Dec. 1992, Sydney. Peter Sheldon, Maintaining control: a history of unionism among employees of the Sydney Water Board, PhD thesis University of Wollongong, 1989.

Citation details

Peter Sheldon, 'Brightman, George Sydney (1916–2001)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 January 2023.

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