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John (Jack) Eiffe (c. 1865–1941)

Mr. John Eiffe, of Carrington, was buried in the Church of England cemetery, Sandgate. Rev. W. Rees officiated.

Mr. Eiffe died suddenly on board a vessel in the harbour while at work. He was one of the founders of the present branch of the Coaltrimmers' Union, which was formed in 1901. and he had occupied the position of secretary on two occasions from 1905 to 1903 and from 1918 to 1926. He was also one of the men who brought the roster system into operation which did so much to improve the conditions of the waterside worker.

He was for many years the secretary of the Carrington Labour League. He was a native of Singleton, and was 76 years of age. In early life he was a miner. but came to the waterfront about 1898 and worked as a coaltrimmer since that time. He was a widower, and is survived by a sister in Sydney. The pallbearers at the funeral were four of his workmates. Messrs. W. Irwin, A. Galleghan, F. French, and W. Carroll.

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  • tribute, Maritime Worker (Melbourne), 15 March 1941, p 8

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'Eiffe, John (Jack) (c. 1865–1941)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 25 June 2024.

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c. 1865
Singleton, New South Wales, Australia


27 February, 1941 (aged ~ 76)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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