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Robert George (Bob) McWilliams (1895–1951)

Old friends of Bob [Robert George] McWilliams will regret to learn that he died in the New Hebrides last Thursday.

While he ceased to be a member of the Communist Party just before the war, Bob was always a friend of the working class and a sincere supporter of the fight for peace and Socialism.

Bob was prominent in many of the Party's great campaigns of the 'thirties and at one stage was State secretary and a member of the Political Bureau.

Bob was an ex-serviceman. He served in the AMF, then served overseas in US small ships.

His wife, Mrs. Daisy McWilliams, and his daughter, Mrs. Fuchsia Lewin, are both active members of the Party in Sydney.

He was working with his son Bob in the New Hebrides when he died.

Bob will be remembered by all who knew him in the "old days" of the Party's early struggles.

Original publication

Additional Resources

  • ASIO file, A6126, 534 (National Archives of Australia)
  • photo, Daily Telegraph (Sydney), 22 November 1933, p 12

Citation details

'McWilliams, Robert George (Bob) (1895–1951)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 June 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


28 May, 1895
Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland


15 November, 1951 (aged 56)
Malekula Island, Vanuatu

Cause of Death

general debility

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