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Edward Crombie (Ted) Chambers (1866–1916)

Mr. E. C. [Edward Crombie] Chambers, who until recently was a prominent figure in trades union circles, died on Saturday, after a long illness. Between 1900 and 1914 he was secretary of the Clerks' Union, a position he relinquished owing to ill-health. He was largely instrumental in securing the first wages board appointed to regulate the conditions of clerical workers. He was one of the members of the board, and it was mainly as a result of his efforts that equal pay for the sexes was fixed in the two determinations issued by that board. He was also a member of the Trades Hall Council and Eight Hours Committee, and until 1914 was a leading member of the Central Executive of the Political Labor Council. Deceased was 48 years of age and leaves a widow and five children. We express our deep sympathy to our late comrade's family in their sad bereavement. The funeral took place on Monday last in the Box Hill Cemetery. A number of the officers and members of the various bodies with which he was attached were in attendance.

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Additional Resources

  • profile, Labor Call (Melbourne), 20 October 1910, p 3

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'Chambers, Edward Crombie (Ted) (1866–1916)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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Clermont, Queensland, Australia


8 July, 1916 (aged ~ 50)
Kew, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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