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Doyle, John William (Jack) (1875–1951)

Mr. John William Doyle, who died last week at the Sacred Heart Hospice after a long illness, was a former President of the Political Labor League. Secretary of the Eight-Hour Committee, State M.L.A., and City Councillor. A printer by occupation, he was active in the Printers' Union, became secretary of the Eight-Hour Committee and President of the P.L.L., when Mr. W. A. Holman and his contemporaries were leading figures.

During World War I, the late Mr. Doyle was secretary of the No-Conscription Movement. He became an alderman of the City Council, and entered the State Parliament as representative for Phillip, when he defeated Mr. R. D. ("Dick") Meagher, then Lord Mayor of Sydney, in the historic election fought on the conscription issue. Mr. Meagher, who supported conscription, stood as an independent candidate, and Mr. Doyle was the endorsed Labor candidate. Later he transferred to the Balmain electorate, following a re-allocation of boundaries. He served two terms as member for Balmain, being Whip in the Government of Mr. John Storey. Following a further re-allocation of boundaries, Mr. Doyle stood for Leichhardt, and was defeated by Mr. Albert Lane, later Federal member for Barton, in a campaign that was strongly marked by the sectarian factor.

At the next State election, Mr. Doyle stood down to enable Dr. H. V. Evatt to receive the Labor endorsement for Balmain. He then retired from political affairs and conducted a hotel at Balmain for several years until he suffered a severe breakdown in health. He had since lived privately at Lewisham where he was a parishioner for 40 years.

Mr. Doyle's wife, Mrs. Mary Ann Doyle, died in 1948. He is survived by seven children: John, Mary (Mrs. J. Walz, Newcastle), William, Francis (Port Kembla), Eileen (Mrs. J. Thompson), James (President of the C.Y.O.. Sydney), and Kathleen (Mrs. J. O'Connell). Requiem Mass was celebrated at St. Thomas's, Lewisham, last Monday morning by the Right. Rev. Monsignor E. O'Donnell, P.P., and the funeral proceeded to Rookwood Cemetery. — R.I.P.

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'Doyle, John William (Jack) (1875–1951)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/doyle-john-william-jack-32873/text40946, accessed 4 February 2023.

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