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Glen Harold Fingleton (1911–1965)

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Glen Harold James (‘Fingo’) Fingleton (1911-1965) clerk, trade union official 

Birth: 1911 at Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales, son of James Fingleton (1876-1920), tram driver and politician, and Belinda May (Mary), née Webb (1878-1955). Marriage: 1937 at Newtown, Sydney, to Mavis Magdalene Kessey (1916-1994). They had two daughters. Death: 18 June 1965 at Glebe Island, Sydney. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Fingleton family were well-known in Waverley. Father was a Labor politician. One brother was mayor of Waverley 1930-40; another Jack, was a distinguished cricketer, and Glen himself was a capable flannelled fool, captain of Waverley Cricket Club for 12 years.
  • Telegraph messenger in Postmaster-General’s Department in 1925. Later gave occupation as civil servant then clerk, later as union secretary.
  • Foundation member of Sydney Crane and Auto Truck Drivers’ Union, 1943, which became Mechanical Branch, Waterside Workers’ Federation (WWF). Secretary of branch from 1946 to 1965.
  • Long-term Australian Labor Party member, and spoke often during 1951 referendum re banning of Communist Party of Australia, advocating ‘No’ vote.
  • Selected as WWF observer on trade union delegation to Soviet Union which attended November 7 celebrations in Moscow in 1952. Clashed with WWF Sydney branch and its secretary Tom Nelson when he disclosed “that his report would be anti-communist”.
  • Died in harness, after ‘making one of the most emotional speeches of his career’ to wharfies at Glebe Island.
  • Cause of Death: acute myocardial infarction and coronary arteriosclerosis. 

Maritime Worker
(Melbourne), 23 August 1952, 30 June 1965, 14 July 1965.

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'Fingleton, Glen Harold (1911–1965)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 July 2024.

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Glen Fingleton, 1952

Glen Fingleton, 1952

Maritime Worker (Melbourne), 18 October 1952, p 3

Life Summary [details]


Waverley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


18 June, 1965 (aged ~ 54)
Glebe Island, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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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