Baker, John Simms

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Baker, John Simms

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1908 - 2001

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John Simms Baker was General Secretary of the Australian Third Division Telegraphists & Postal Clerks' Union from 1947 to 1967. He becamed involved with the Federal Council for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advancement (FCAATSI) from 1962. He was General Secretary, Union of Postal Clerks & Telegraphists (UPCT) from 1967-73. From 1975-77 Baker was researching the history of postal clerks and telegraphists unions and authored a few books about the union. Baker also had a strong interest in folk songs, specifically folk songs in the trade union movement.

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Adelaide; Sydney

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trade union official; historian

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Created by Erin Gallant on 17 August 2011; revised on 5 September 2011

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John S Baker. Communicators and their First Trade Unions: A History of the Telegraphist and Postal Clerk Unions of Australia, 1980, Sydney. Haymarket, NSW : UPCT, 1980.
Interview with John Simms Baker, 1993, National Library of Australia, ID 2439040

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