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James Thomas (Jim) Collins (1923–1996)

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James Thomas (Jim) Collins (1923-1996) tailor’s cutter and trade union official 

Birth: 27 June 1923 at Sydney, New South Wales, son of Michael Joseph Collins (1991-1957) and Ellen Mabel, ‘Nellie’ Ozard (1900-1987). Marriage: September 1946 at Marrickville to native-born Marie Patricia Kenny (1925-2013). They seem to have had nine children. Death: 16 October 1996 at Cronulla, NSW. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Worked as a tailor’s cutter and lived at Campsie, Sydney, in 1949.
  • Initially pro-Grouper. Elected organiser NSW branch Clothing & Allied Trades Union (CATU) late 1950s, having stood unsuccessfully for position in 1954.
  • In 1960, as official Australian Labor Party candidate, defeated incumbent Grouper candidate Jack Kenna for secretaryship of NSW branch CATU, retaining position until early resignation in 1967.
  • Unsuccessful candidate for preselection for the seat of Parkes in September 1965.
  • Spent some time in Bathurst and then Blackheath, when in February 1971 he contested the seat of Blue Mountains for the ALP.
  • Later moved to Cronulla.

Bradon Ellem, In women’s hands? A history of clothing trades unionism in Australia (Sydney, 1989).

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'Collins, James Thomas (Jim) (1923–1996)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 July 2024.

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27 June, 1923
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


16 October, 1996 (aged 73)
Cronulla, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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