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Alexander Kenneth McNeil (1873–1937)

Mr. A. K. McNeil [Alexander Kenneth], former secretary of the Barrier Industrial Council, died in Melbourne yesterday from pleurisy. Word to this effect was received by B.I.C. officials to-day.

During his long stay in Broken Hill, Mr. McNeil was always prominent in union circles.

He held many offices in the W.I.U. and took part in numerous conferences with the mining managers' representatives in regard to wages and conditions.

After having held most important offices with his organisation he was elected secretary to the Barrier Industrial Council. He carried out many difficult tasks with, that organisation.

Mr. McNeil was a fearless fighter and was most outspoken in all his utterances. He worked for many years along the line of lode as a miner, and also worked in mines in Queensland and Victoria. He had a large circle of friends.

He left Broken Hill at the end of last year and did not seek re-election as secretary to the B.I.C. Even while he occupied the position last year he several times intimated to a representative of "The Barrier Miner" that he preferred to follow his occupation instead of carrying out secretarial duties.

He often thought of resigning from the B.I.C. and said that if he could not obtain employment in Broken Hill he would seek a job on some of the gold mines in Victoria, where he was well known.

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'McNeil, Alexander Kenneth (1873–1937)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/mcneil-alexander-kenneth-33627/text42070, accessed 27 May 2024.

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Birth

1873
London, Middlesex, England

Death

27 April, 1937 (aged ~ 64)
Inglewood, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

pleurisy

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