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Obituary: Arthur Osborne (1943–1997)


Dave Martin


On May 16th, 1997 six hundred people from all walks of life, gathered to pay tribute to and celebrate the lifetime of achievements of Arthur Osborne. His death on May 13th at Woonona Public School resulted from a second massive heart attack. His passing was a sudden and tragic end to the life of one of the Illawarra’s finest trade union figures and magnificent human being. Arthur Osborne, teacher, administrator, Life Member of the NSW Teachers’ Federation and for 11 years. President of the South Coast Labour Council, was the quiet colossus of the South Coast Union movement for decades.