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George Clifford Bodkin (1867–1930)

Mr George Clifford Bodkin, who died at his home at Marrickville on the 21st ult., was one of the best known Labour men in the State. Mr. Bodkin was born at Yass 62 years ago, and was engaged in farming with his father. Later he went to Lithgow, where he assisted to found the Railway Workers' Union, which later amalgamated with the A.W.U., and he was elected branch secretary. In 1907, Mr. Bodkin introduced the 44 hours week at Lithgow Valley, which decreased the working hours of men to eight hours. Up to two years ago he was secretary of the Railways Industry Branch, and was an executive councillor. In 1916 he unsuccessfully contested the Albury seat for the State Parliament. Later he contested the Murrumbidgee seat, and five years ago the Wagga seat. He is survived by a widow, six sons, and three daughters. The remains were taken from the home to St. Brigid's Church, Marrickville, where a Requiem Mass was celebrated for the repose of his soul. The esteem in which Mr. Bodkin and family are held was manifested in the number of wreaths, telegrams, and letters of condolence that were sent prior to the funeral. Great sympathy goes out to his wife and family in their sad bereavement. The funeral left St. Brigid's Church, Marrickville, for Woronora Cemetery, and a large and representative gathering assembled at the graveside. The Rev. Father J. E. Boran recited the last prayers at the grave. The funeral arrangements were carried out by Mr. W. N. Bull. — R.I.P.

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2 January, 1867
Yass, New South Wales, Australia


21 March, 1930 (aged 63)
Marrickville, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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