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Charles Kirkwood (1867–1945)

from Westralian Worker

Charles Kirkwood, who died at Quairading on October 18 at the age of 78, was one of that great band of idealists to whose work and vision the Labor Movement will be indebted for all time. As a young man in New South Wales he took part in the stirring struggles of the nineties, when the workers, defeated but not dismayed in the industrial disputes of those years, turned to political action for redress of their wrongs and so brought the Labor Movement into being.

On his arrival in this State Mr. Kirkwood at once made himself known to the Laborites of Western Australia and there were few events of importance in which he did not participate. He was active until the last in furthering the interests of the Movement, and on a recent visit to Perth he spent much of his time in looking up old comrades and placing before them his views on current matters.

The Labor Movement has lost a great worker and a wise counsellor by the death of Charles Kirkwood.

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'Kirkwood, Charles (1867–1945)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 20 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


28 August, 1867
Moyston, Victoria, Australia


18 October, 1945 (aged 78)
Quairading, Western Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (stomach)

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