O'Neill, John Henry

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O'Neill, John Henry

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1888 - 1971


John Henry O'Neill was born on 30 August 1888 at Sandy Bay, Tasmania. He was apprenticed in the printing trade and also worked on riverboats, in sawmills and as a fruitpicker. In 1907 he joined the Carters and Drivers' Union. O'Neill became state secretary of numerous unions including the Carters and Drivers' (1916-1942); the Electrical Trades (1917-1953); Storemen and Packers' (1917-1951), Gas Employees' (1918-1951), Meat Industry Employees' and Miscellaneous Workers' unions, and the Federated Confectioner's Union (1944-69). O'Neill joined the Hobart Trades Hall Council in 1917 and was its secretary from 1927-1967. He was secretary of the Eight Hours Day Committee from 1921-1967. O'Neill died on 23 January 1971 at Howrah, Hobart.


Hobart, Tasmania

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Entered from deposit description on 13 October 2011




Beresford, Quentin, 'O'Neill, John Henry (1888–1971)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, http://adb.anu.edu.au/biography/oneill-john-henry-7910/text13759, accessed 13 October 2011.

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