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Created Mon 9/01/2017, Last Updated Tue 10/01/2017

Sad loss of Frank McCarron

Our Union is saddened by the passing of distinguished retired Northern District miner Frank McCarron last Saturday.

Frank was a former Miners Federation Central Councillor (serving at the same time as General Secretary Andrew Vickers), a member of our Union’s Northern District Board of Management and President of the Liddell Miners Lodge.

He came from a long line of outstanding Miners Federation activists. His Dad, Frank, was a Rothbury veteran and one of 10,000 Northern District coal miners who were locked out of work for 15-months from 1929 to1930 for fighting against savage wage cuts.

His grandfather William Morgan was a Northern District representative on the Miners Federation’s first Central Council.

Frank followed his distinguished family predecessors in contributing enormously to the struggles of coal mineworkers and our communities particularly in the 1970s and 1980s including the Nymboida miners takeover as well as the Kemira and Preston miners stay-down strikes.

Frank’s nephew Phil Patten continued the family’s proud mining traditions and even today Frank has a grand nephew working at the South West’s Appin Colliery – the fifth generation of the family spanning the first century of our Union as a national organisation.

On behalf of the entire Mining and Energy Division of the CFMEU, we extend our deepest condolences to Frank’s family and friends on their sad loss.