Ballinger, William George

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Ballinger, William George

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William George Ballinger was born in Glasgow in 193. He was educated in England, Scotland and Denmark. He was an active member of the Independent Labour Party and had considerable experience in Scottish municipal affairs. He came to South Africa in 1928 as an advisor to the Industrial and Commercial Workers Union of Africa, a black trade union, which at the time was experiencing financial and organisational difficulties. He was unable to revive the I.C.U. and after the final collapse in the 1930s, he worked with its successor, the Society of Friends. His work was, however, continually hampered by government interference. From 1948 to 1960 he represented Transvaal and O.F.S. Africans in the Senate. In 1934 he married Margaret Hodgson. He died in 1974.


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