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William McPherson (c. 1857–1943)

from Workers Star

This entry is from Obituaries Australia

A link with the foundation of the Shearers' Union, now AWU, has been severed by the death of Bill McPherson, better known as "Snowy Caihpbell."

Snowy hailed from New South Wales, knew Henry Lawson personally.

Eighty-six years of age, he had a colorful life. He was a staunch unionist all his life, was gaoled in an early strike in the Eastern States.

Although he had lived a hard life, he was bedridden for only 14 days. A week before his death, when asked how he felt, he said, "Just like Stalingrad, but perhaps it is the roll-call."

It was—and he was buried on a Wiluna hillside next to Comrade Bader.

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'McPherson, William (c. 1857–1943)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 June 2024.

© Copyright Labour Australia, 2012

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  • Campbell, Snowy

c. 1857
Chatsworth, Victoria, Australia


7 August, 1943 (aged ~ 86)
Wiluna, Western Australia, Australia

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