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Jack Mundey, 1974

an unknown artist after Frank Hinder

fibre-tipped pen, watercolour on paper (sheet: 26.7 cm x 22.5 cm)

Jack Mundey AO (1929–2020), union activist, is credited with preventing the demolition of much of inner Sydney’s built heritage in the 1970s and 1980s. Mundey grew up on a North Queensland farm before moving to Sydney to try out for the Parramatta Rugby League side in 1948. Employed in a factory, he joined the Federated Ironworkers’ Union and then the Communist Party, of which he was later President for some years. In the early 1960s he led the rank and file in action to improve safety and sanitary conditions for workers. As Secretary of the NSW Branch of the Builders’ Labourers’ Federation from 1968 to 1975, he encouraged members to become informed on and involved in broad social movements and international politics. In the four years following the first ‘green ban’ at Kelly’s Bush, Hunters Hill, in the early 1970s, he estimated there were more than 40 such bans imposed by unions, scuttling many millions of dollars’ worth of development on sites with historical or ecological heritage value. A former Patron of the Historic Houses Trust of New South Wales and a Living National Treasure, Mundey held two honorary doctorates. Jack Mundey Place in The Rocks, Sydney, is named in his honour.

Collection: National Portrait Gallery
Gift of HOTA (Home of the Arts), Gold Coast 2019 with the encouragement of Patrick Corrigan AM
© Enid Hawkins (nee Hinder)

Accession number: 2019.13

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Frank Hinder (age 68 in 1974)

Jack Mundey AO (age 45 in 1974)

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The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and recognises the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and to Elders both past and present.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander viewers are warned that this website contains images of deceased persons.