Clint, William Alfred

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Clint, William Alfred

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1906 - 1980


William Alfred Clint, Anglican clergyman and founder of the Co-operative for Aborigines Ltd, was born on 8 January 1906 in Wellington, New Zealand. Clint moved to Sydney in 1910 and was educated at Balmain Public School, Rozelle Junior Technical School and St John's Anglican College, Morpeth. In 1929, Clint was made deacon and joined the Brotherhood of the Good Shepherd. He agreed to enter the ministry on the condition that he could retain his trade union and Labor Party affiliations, and remained a member of the ALP and the AWU throughout his life. On 18 December 1932 Clint was ordained priest; he became rector at Weston, Diocese of Newcastle 1935-41; then Portland, NSW 1941-48; he became a co-operative adviser, Gona, Papua New Guinea in 1948; and priest warden in 1949. After a short time in the Bathurst diocese, Clint was appointed director of co-operatives, Australian Board of Missions, in 1953. He was a founder of co-operatives at Lockhart River Mission, North Queensland (1954), Moa Island, Torres Strait (1956), and Cabbage Tree Island, New South Wales (1959). At Glebe, Sydney, in 1958 he founded Tranby Co-operative College, a centre for training Aborigines to run their own co-operatives. In 1962, Clint was a founder and General Secretary, Co-operative for Aborigines Ltd. He died on 21 April 1980 in Glebe, Sydney.


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clergyman; trade unionist

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Created by Erin Gallant on 19 August 2011; revised on 12 September 2011




Morris, Ewan, 'Clint, William Alfred (1906–1980)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, (accessed on 12 September 2011)

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