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Funeral card for William Morrow 1980

1998.0024.0009

Funeral card for William Morrow 1980

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Physical description

Cream-coloured funeral card with "In Memory of WILLIAM MORROW. Died 12th July, 1980 Aged 91 years. Service: The Chapel of the Northern Suburbs Crematorium at 2:30pm on Tuesday 15th July, 1980. Kenneth Maurer Funerals Pty Ltd. 263 Miller St, North Sydney 2060. Phone 921510" in brown print.

Statement of significance

This collection is of great interest because it documents various aspects of the life of William Morrow. While not well known, Morrow is a significant figure in Australian labour history. He came from a working class background, was politicised at an early age, worked in the trade union movement, was elected as a Senator (Tasmania, ALP) and finished his career working for the NSW Peace Council. His strong commitment to international socialism led to his expulsion from the Labor Party on two separate occasions. Following his political career provides an insight into some of the major ideological and political disputes in twentieth century Australia. The collection consists of an oil portrait of Morrow, a pencil portrait and associated ephemera documenting Morrow's political career.

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