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Biographical entry Hall, Cecil Riley (1891 - 1974)

Sydney, New South Wales
Employer Representative


Cecil Riley Hall was born in 1891 at Glebe, Sydney. He began his working life as a telegraph messenger with the Postmaster General's Department. He undertook a theology course with a view to becoming a Church of Christ minister, but did not take up the ministry, partly because of the beginning of World War One. During the war, Hall served in Mesopotamia, Persia and Kurdistan in the 1st Australian Wireless Squadron.
On returning to Australia he married Amy Balmer on 22 May 1920. Hall did some broadcasting work with radio stations 2FC and 2BL in the late 1920s, writing his own scripts. In 1926 he was appointed Industrial Officer to the New South Wales Chamber of Manufactures, becoming Director in 1936 where he remained until his retirement in 1960. He was also acting Secretary for the Associated Chamber of Manufactures of Australia in 1939.

In 1939 Hall was sent to the New York World Fair as the Commonwealth Government Representative and in 1955 to Geneva as adviser to the Australian Employers' Delegate to the International Labour Conference.

Cecil Hall died in 1974.

Archival resources

National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection

  • Papers of Cecil Riley Hall, 1926 - 1960, NLA MS 8686; National Library of Australia Manuscript Collection. Details

Ross G. Elford