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William Henry (Bill) Massey (1873–1930)

We offer our sad condolences to the family and friends of "Bill" [William Henry] Massey, whose funeral took place on Tuesday. Bill was for many years the secretary of the Geelong Trades and Labor Council, and was also an official of the Wharf Laborers' Union. He was well known in industrial circles, and was held in high respect in the Trades Halls of the State. Many a visitor to Geelong has pleasant recollections of Mr. Massey's hospitality and charm of character.

The funeral was a very large one, and traversed the main streets of Geelong. A large body of Geelong trade unionists marched in front of the hearse, with about 100 cars following. The pall bearers at the graveside were J. Harley, president Geelong T.H.C.; P. Kenworthy, acting secretary Geelong T.H.C.; D. Cameron (president) and A. E. Monk (assistant secretary), Melbourne T.H.C.; W. Brownbill, M.L.A.; A. Gerson, Geelong "Industrial Herald"; G. King and Senator Plain; J. Cadden (secretary) and E. Walsh (president), Melbourne Waterside Workers' Union; and T. McHugh and P. Roberts, secretary Geelong branch Waterside Workers' Union.

Included among the floral tributes were wreaths from the Melbourne T.H.C., Ballarat T.H.C., Geelong T.H.C., Geelong "Industrial Herald," Women's Organising Committee A.L.P., and many Geelong trade unions. The Australian flag was flown at half-mast at the Melbourne Trades Hall as a mark of respect to the departed brother.

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'Massey, William Henry (Bill) (1873–1930)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/massey-william-henry-bill-34451/text43252, accessed 25 June 2024.

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Birth

1873
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Death

17 November, 1930 (aged ~ 57)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

brain hemorrhage

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