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George Neilly (1863–1946)

by Chris Cunneen

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This entry is from People Australia

George Neilly senior (1863-1946) coal miner, gaoled trade unionist

Birth: 28 June 1863 Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland, son of Thomas Neilly, coal miner, and Mary, née Laidlaw, cotton weaver. Marriage: 1892 Adamstown, New South Wales, to Maria Kate Elphick. They had one daughter and one son. Death: 29 July 1946 at Kurri Kurri, New South Wales. Religion: Presbyterian. 

  • After working as a coal miner in Scotland, he arrived in Brisbane, Queensland, as an assisted immigrant in the Waroonga, on 13 March 1888.
  • Lived in Adamstown, Newcastle, by 1892. Prominent player in Adamstown Rosebuds soccer team.
  • By 1907 at Kurri Kurri, official in Stanford-Merthyr Miners’ Lodge.
  • Convicted on 30 December 1909 with twelve others of having instigated a strike and gaoled for 2 months after refusing to pay £100 fine imposed by Judge Charles Heydon. After six weeks in prison was discharged from East Maitland Gaol 4 April 1910.
  • 1919 trustee of Kurri Kurri School of Arts.
  • In the 1930s was a miner at Abermain Colliery.
  • Member Abermain Old Age and Invalid Pensioners’ Association.
  • Brother, from 1892, of the Mistletoe Lodge, No 28, Grand United Order of Free Gardeners.
  • Member United Grand Lodge of NSW, Lodge Kurri No. 253; Grand Lodge of Manning Mark Masons Lodge no. 38; and Grand United Order of Free Gardeners Lodge Eden no. 13. Companion of the Royal Arch Chapter of Master Masons, Cessnock Chapter no. 60.
  • Grandfather of George Henry Neilly, member of the Legislative Council of NSW.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Neilly, George (1863–1946)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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28 June, 1863
Armadale, West Lothian, Scotland


29 July, 1946 (aged 83)
Kurri Kurri, New South Wales, Australia

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