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Mangan, John Thomas (Jack) (1889–1951)

This entry is from Obituaries Australia

Whilst enjoying a month's rest cure at Warrnambpol after a period of indifferent health, Mr. John ('Jack') Thomas Mangan, of 19 Buckhurst street, Montague, expired early on Saturday, at the age of 62.

A resident of Buckhurst street for many years Mr. Mangan held the position of organiser of the Transport Workers' Union from 1929 until his death, having been associated with the late ex-Cr. J. J. Behan, a former Mayor of South Melbourne, who was secretary of the Carters and Drivers' Union for many years. Mr. Mangan joined the Union in 1910.

He was a great enthusiast of the South Melbourne Football Club, and as a committeeman helped to bring about the transformation of the club in the early '30's. When he saw his ambition — a League premiership — realised in 1933, Mr. Mangan retired from active association with the club.

'Jack Mangan was one of the finest chaps I have known, always willing and eager to lend a helping hand to anyone in trouble. Personally, I cannot speak too highly of his sterling qualities,' was the tribute of Mr. ''Bob' Powell, a fellow-S.M.F.C. official at the time, in referring to Mr. Mangan's demise.

On Tuesday a police inspector visited the Trades Hall, and told officials of the Transport Workers' Union: 'We have lost one of the best friends we ever had. 'Big Jack' was loved by policemen and by unionists.'

As a justice of the peace, Mr. Mangan, conveniently situated to police headquarters, had signed all summonses prepared by mobile traffic branch police.

Preceded by an escort of motorcycle police, the funeral left his late home on Tuesday for the Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton, where the remains were interred in the Roman Catholic section.

Deceased is survived by his wife (Mrs. Veronica Mangan). There were no children.

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'Mangan, John Thomas (Jack) (1889–1951)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 28 May 2022.

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