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Frank Moncaster Milburn (1889–1968)

Frank Milburn, a Communist Party member since the early 1920s and before then a member of the IWW, died in Townsville (North Queensland) recently.

Born at Douglas (Isle of Man) in 1889, Frank Milburn was apprenticed before the mast in windjammers and first rounded the Horn, tied to the mast, at the age of 14. Having come to Australia while still young, he played a prominent part in the unemployed movement in North Queensland in the depression.

Later, he became Seamen's Union agent in Townsville, and was outstanding for his work both in union affairs and for community needs. He held always an unshakeable confidence in socialism.

The oration to the memory of "Old Frank" was delivered by Townsville TLC secretary, Mr. W. R. Erving.

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  • Milburn, Frank Muncaster

Douglas, Isle of Man, England


17 September, 1968 (aged ~ 79)
Townsville, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

brain hemorrhage

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