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THOMAS RICHARD MORRISON (1913 - 1972)

Born at Paisley Scotland on 29 January 1913, Tommy Morrison was a 6’1” tall seaman turned horse breaker when he arrived in Sydney from Darwin during the Depression. He and "Shorty" Jones slept as caretakers at the Workers Art Club until 1935. Both had been deported interstate for taking part in the 1930 "Darwin rebellion" when 100 unemployed, demanding sustenance instead of the dole, marched on Government House, raised the Red Flag and went hoarse singing its anthem. Tommy arrived in Sydney some time after June 1932 when he was charged in Darwin with damaging railway property (his defence "provocation") after serving a three months' jail sentence for stealing a fowl.

After leaving 36 Pitt Street, Morrison and Jones became street photographers ("SS shit shooters") in the city. Morrison lived at Londonderry NSW where he was fined £2 for using indecent language while drunk, the magistrate noting his previous good character. By 1936 he was at Rockhampton where he again came before the court on a charge of fare evasion. By 1938 he was working as a street photographer at Coolangatta. By the time of his enlistment in the AIF he was in Hobart where he ran a photography business. Postwar, Morrison was one of the city's leading small businessmen.

In 1947 Morrison had a finding of justifiable homicide when, trying to break up a fight, he knocked a drink waiter to the ground. In 1953 he pulled a drowned man from the water at Oyster Bay.

Thomas Richard Morrison, retired photographer, died in Victoria on 30 March 1972.



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