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John Vincent (Jack) Dwyer (1888–1970)

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John Vincent (Jack) Dwyer (1888-1970) postal sorter, trade union official and conciliation commissioner 

Birth: 18 June 1888 at Newcastle, New South Wales, son of native-born parents Michael Matthew Dyer (1856-1935), teacher, and Ellen Mary G, née O’Donnell (d.1947). Marriages: (1) 1910 at Paddington, NSW, to Sydney-born Nellie Watson (1886-1935). They had one daughter. (2) 1938 at North Sydney to Doris Winifred, née Hosking, late Pelton, a widowed frock-maker. The marriage ended in divorce. (3) 7 March 1945 at Marrickville, Sydney, to Sydney-born Ilma Wright (1899-1997). Death: 16 June 1970 in his residence at North Ryde, Sydney. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Had a long association with Postal Sorters’ Union and for six years was employees’ representative on NSW Departmental Appeals Board.
  • In 1925 was unanimously elected foundation general secretary, Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia. Remained in position until 1947.
  • Delegate to Australian Labor Party conferences, NSW Trades and Labor Council and Australian Council of Trade Unions congresses. Capable advocate.
  • In September 1947 was appointed Conciliation Commissioner by Chifley government.
  • Cause of death: cerebral haemorrhage, atherosclerosis and chronic bronchitis.

Frank Waters (D. J. Murphy ed), Postal unions and politics: a history of the Amalgamated Postal Workers’ Union of Australia, (St Lucia, 1978); Labor Daily (Sydney), 13 January 1927, p 6; The Australian Postal Clerk, 29 September 1947; Postal Advocate, June 1970.

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'Dwyer, John Vincent (Jack) (1888–1970)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 July 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


18 June, 1888
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


16 June, 1970 (aged 81)
Ryde, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

brain hemorrhage

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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