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WILLIS , ALBERT CHARLES ( 1876 - 1954 ), president of the Australian Labour Party ;

b. 24 May 1876 at Tonyrefail, Glam. He was educated at Bryn-mawr Board School , King's College , London and Ruskin College , Oxford . He was working as a coal miner in Glamorgan when he decided to emigrate to Australia in 1911 . He secured employment as a coal miner , and developed a deep interest in the activities of the trade unions . In 1913 he was chosen president of the Illawarra Miners Association , New South Wales . From 1916 until 1925 he was the first general secretary of the Australian Coal and Shale Employees' Federation , and in 1923 he founded the Labour newspaper Labor Daily at Sydney , and acted as its managing director . Willis was also the president of the Australian Labor Party , New South Wales , 1923-25 . He became a member of the Legislative Council of New South Wales in 1925 and served until 1933 . In 1931 he was appointed Agent General for New South Wales , a position based in London , but he returned to Australia when his term of office came to an end the following year. In 1943 he secured a post in the Central Coal Authority , and from 1944 until 1947 he served as the Commonwealth Conciliation Officer and the Central Industrial Authority , a position established by the Coal Production (War Time) Act , 1944 . He retired in 1947 . He m. Alice Maud Parker . There were a son and two daughters of the marriage. They lived at Bryn Eirw , Cannon's Road , Burraneer Bay , New South Wales . He d. 22 April 1954 at a hospital at Cronulla near Sydney .


  • Who was who? ;
  • The Times , 24 Apr. 1954 ;
  • Western Mail , 14 May 1931 ;
  • The Biographical Index of W. W. Price, Aberdâr (at the National Library of Wales and Aberdare Public Library) ;
  • [ I. E. Young in Journal of Religious History , 2 (1962-63) , 303-13].


Dr John Graham Jones, Aberystwyth

Published date: 2001