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Thomas Richard Morgan (1871–1936)

from Illawarra Mercury

Ranking as perhaps one of the best known identities in the coal mining industry on the South Coast and also throughout the State, Mr. Thomas Richard Morgan (familiarly known as 'T.R.') embraced a large circle of acquaintances, and there was general regret this week at the news of his death, on Tuesday, which sad event occurred at his residence in Railway Terrace, Petersham, where deceased had been residing, with his wife, for some time past, although constantly undergoing treatment for his health, which had been failing him for the past few years. He was 64 years of age. Last year he found it necessary to retire as secretary of the South Coast Colliery Proprietors' Association, his health being such that he could not satisfactorily perform the duties and it was inadvisable to continue in a work which he had always entered into with enthusiasm.

In his youth, the late Mr. Morgan became associated with coal mining, and took a keen interest in union affairs, being eventually elected district secretary of the Southern Coal Miners, which position he held for some years, relinquishing it to take the position of Assistant Secretary for the Southern Coal Owners' Association. In his younger days he took a keen interest in the company of the Volunteer Garrison Artillery, formed in this district, and participated in the many big gun competitions in which the company was so successful.

The body was cremated at Rookwood yesterday afternoon, the attendance being large and very representative of all sections of the community.

There is much sympathy for the widow, and, also for the son, Mr. Charles Morgan, the well-known solicitor, and daughter (Nell).

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20 March, 1871
Wollongong, New South Wales, Australia


4 February, 1936 (aged 64)
Lewisham, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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