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George Francis McGowan (1873–1931)

Com. G. F. [George Francis] McGowan, secretary of the Farriers' Union, and a widely known figure in both the industrial and political sides of the Labor Movement in Melbourne, died on January 2nd, aged 56 years. George at one time ran a newspaper in the Wimmera District, and greatly helped J. K. McDougall to win Wannon. He had been in ill-health for about three months. Mr. McGowan had occupied his position in the Farriers' Union for many years, and had done a great deal for the progress of the Industrial Movement generally. He was a former member of the Coburg Council, and a justice of the peace. A grown-up family is left. The burial took place on Saturday in the Coburg Cemetery, and was attended by leading representatives of the Labor Movement.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • profile, Socialist (Melbourne), 9 November 1917, p 3
  • tribute, Labor Call (Melbourne), 5 February 1931, p 2

Citation details

'McGowan, George Francis (1873–1931)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 19 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Kilmore, Victoria, Australia


2 January, 1931 (aged ~ 58)
Coburg, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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