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Leonard George (Len) Boardman (1897–1989)

by Jack Wright

Len Boardman, from Thirroul NSW, the Retired Mineworkers Association's most distinguished member, passed awav recently, aged 88.

Len's outstanding trade union activities extended long before my association began with him in 1949, when he was active in the Coalcliff Miners Lodge.

Len was a dedicated trade unionist; and he understood through his reading of Marx and Lenin that the capitalist system needs replacing with a socialist society.

Attacks on the workers will continue under the present system and Len Boardman never failed in his enthusiasm to promote a socialist society. He had confidence that the day will eventuate when the vast majority of people will release all their energy and know-how towards making every day life so much better than that offered by the extremely wealthy classes.

Len Boardman held several executive positions in the southern district Retired Mineworkers Association.

My long standing mate Fred Moore and myself recall Len's strong spirit around May Day and peace marches. Both Fred and myself suggested that the heavy retired mine workers' banner be carried by someone other than aging Len. His reply is left to the readers' imagination. He was then 84, but could still cut you down to size.

Miners' safety and care for sick and injured members was high on agenda items at Coalcliff and Scarborough pits Miners Lodges. Both played an important role in the establishment of Coledale Hospital, located within easy access of both pits. Len and other miners made sure they were included on the hospital board, and ensured that miners' views were put.

The mining unions have and still do produce dedicated workers, without any personal gain, continue that never-ending battle for the working class, carrying it over into retirement.

Len's message will never be erased. It applies today as it did 88 years ago.

Vale comrade, you did your extra share in the endeavour that others will receive a greater share of the wealth they create. Jack Wright, Secretary, Retired Mineworkers Association.

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Jack Wright, 'Boardman, Leonard George (Len) (1897–1989)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 22 June 2024.

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  • Tracey, Len

Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England


31 March, 1989 (aged ~ 92)
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia

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