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Bernard Andrew (Ben) Mulvogue (1871–1936)

This entry is from Obituaries Australia

Labor men throughout Victoria will regret the death of Mr. Bernard (Ben) Mulvogue, who died at his residence, Riviera street, Mentone, during the week, and who was buried at the Coburg Cemetery last Monday.

Although ill-health compelled his retirement from the secretaryship of the Builders Laborers' Union in 1920, he continued to take a very keen interest in political activities.

His crowning achievement when Mr E. J. Holloway, M.H.R., defeated the then Prime Minister (Mr. S. M. Bruce) in 1929 was only one example of his zealous campaigning. He had previously acted as campaign secretary to Mr. Holloway in his first onslaught upon Flinders electoate in 1928, and he was largely responsible for Mr. H. M. Cremean's success at Dandenong in the State elections of 1929.

The late Mr. Mulvogue was a member of the A.L.P. Central Executive in ... 16. His sterling fight against Conscription has been frequently recalled. For many years he zealously advocated the One Big Union Movement.

The pall-bearers at his interment were —Messrs. E. J. Holloway, M.H.R. (representing the Federal Parliamentary Labor Party), R. Loughnan (representing the Builders Laborers' Federation), H. M.Cremean, M.L.A. (State Parliamentary Labor Party), W. P. Evans (President who, with Mr. A. Monk, represented the T.H.C.), P. J. Kennelly (Organising secretary A.L.P.). and Cr. Blanche (representing the city of Mordialloc).

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'Mulvogue, Bernard Andrew (Ben) (1871–1936)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 June 2024.

© Copyright Labour Australia, 2012

Life Summary [details]


8 May, 1871
Geelong, Victoria, Australia


31 October, 1936 (aged 65)
Mentone, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

pulmonary fibrosis

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