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Louis Thomas (Lou) Gilles (1905–1961)

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Louis (Lou) Thomas Gilles (1905-1961) mill hand, pipe fitter and trade union official

Birth: 15 July 1905 at Broken Hill, New South Wales, son of Reginald Campbell Gilles (1874-1921) butcher and miner, and Alice May, née Rogers (1875-1940). Both parents had been born in Victoria. Marriage: 1936 at Broken Hill, to Doreen Anne Daly (1912-1997), born at Broken Hill. They had one daughter and three sons. Death: 1 March 1961 at Broken Hull. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Worked as a mill hand at Broken Hill. In 1946 was employed at the North Mine.
  • Member of the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemens’ Association; branch president, sub-branch president, trustee of union and member of the management committee.
  • General president of the federation in 1957. Federal councillor 1952-1954 and 1956. Representative on Barrier Industrial Council.
  • Vice-president of the Barrier Industrial Council until his death.
  • Prominent Catholic layman, sometime sick visitor of the Saints Peter and Paul branch, Broken Hill, of the Australian Holy Catholic Guild.
  • Cause of death: cardiac failure and heart block.

Valve, March 1961 p 13.

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'Gilles, Louis Thomas (Lou) (1905–1961)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

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15 July, 1905
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia


1 March, 1961 (aged 55)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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