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Frederick (Fred) Roels (1891–1939)

The death occurred on Tuesday of Mr Fred [Frederick] Roels, a former member of the Legislative Council.

He came into prominence as an industrial leader in the fight against conscription, and he later represented the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemen's Association on the northern district defence committee during the 1917 strike. He was appointed a delegate from the union to the New South Wales Trades and Labour Council and later became its president. Some years ago Mr Roels visited Russia as a representative of the transport workers. In 1931 during the Lang Administration he was appointed to the Legislative Council, and held office until 1934, when the Chamber was reconstituted.

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'Roels, Frederick (Fred) (1891–1939)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 17 July 2024.

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Alternative Names
  • Roels, Fritz

17 August, 1891
Camperdown, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


21 February, 1939 (aged 47)
Botany, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

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