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Archibald (Archie) McInnes (1875–1949)

Mr. Archibald McInnes who died yesterday at his home in Johns road, Prospect, after a long illness, was a well-known figure in industrial and sporting circles in Adelaide. He was 74.

Born in Hamilton, Scotland, he came to SA about 70 years ago. He was State secretary of the Boilermakers and Iron Shipbuilders' Society for more than 40 years, until his retirement in 1943.

One of the original members of the SA Housing Trust on its formation in 1937, he served until his retirement for health reasons in January, 1947.

Mr. McInnes was a member of many industrial bodies, including the Royal Commission on Railways in 1930 and an Australian industrial delegation to the United States in 1927. He was secretary of the Metal Trades Council for eight years and was elected president in 1938. He was also president of the Trades and Labor Council.

With Dr. Fenner he pioneered the introduction of technical training for apprentices in the SA Railways.

Chairman of Prospect Council for two years, he also served for eight years as alderman and councillor. He was also a member of the Metropolitan County Board.

At the time of his death Mr McInnes was vice-president of the Prospect Cricket Club, a position he had held for many years. He has left a widow, four sons and three daughters.

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10 March, 1875
Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland


10 July, 1949 (aged 74)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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