Lewis Gilbert

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Lewis Henry Gilbert

East Side

Lewis Henry, son of William Henry was born in 1898 at Seaforth Estate, a sugar plantation in North Queensland. He lived in Victoria, New South Wales and Noumea before arriving in South Australia. Lewis married Doris McKinty in 1939. Lewis died suddenly on September 30 1975 in Rhodes Store, Port Adelaide while collecting donations for Labor Day Festivities.

Lewis worked as a tally clerk on the wharves of Port Adelaide and was a member of the Waterside Worker’s Union.

He was a Councillor and Alderman for Port Adelaide Council from 1943 – 1947 and a Justice of the Peace. His motto was to do a kind deed every day and he did this by working tirelessly for many charities including the Royal Society for the Blind, Semaphore Nursing Home, Elderly Citizens Club, Port Adelaide District Cricket Club, Little Athletics Club and life member of the Labor Day Committee

Contemporary press clippings:

A.L.P. To Choose Semaphore Candidate

A special meeting of the ALP Council will be called to select the ALP candidate to contest the Semaphore by-election, following the resignation of the sitting member, Mr. Thompson, who is the ALP candidate for Hindmarsh at the Federal election. This was decided at a meeting of the council last night Those who will go to the ballot at the council meeting are Messrs. T H. Carmody. G D. Coffey, C G Evans. L. H. Gilbert, J N Marsh, A. H Sellers, H. L Tapping and J. R. Whitfield. The State president Mr. K. E. Bardolph. MLC) was in the chair.

The Advertiser Friday 9 August 1956