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Frederick Gordon Harris (1907–1967)

Hundreds of mourners, including State and Federal politicians, union officials, workers and Fremantle businesmen, stood in pouring rain at the graveside of the late Gordon Harris, secretary of the Fremantle Branch of the Waterside Workers' Federation, on May 23.

His achievements for the trade union movement were outlined in an oration by W.W.F. General Secretary C.  Fitzgibbon, who referred to his foundation membership of the W.A. Trades and Labor Council.

"The size of this gathering is a tribute to his standing in the trade union movement and the general community," he continued.

"First and foremost in his many fine qualities was his sense of justice, which made him a champion of the cause of the Aboriginal people nationally and internationally. After his visit to Ghana in 1964 as a representative of the Federation he exposed the injustice of apartheid."

Mr. Harris died of a heart attack.

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'Harris, Frederick Gordon (1907–1967)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


7 October, 1907
Perth, Western Australia, Australia


18 May, 1967 (aged 59)
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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