Vale Harvey Rose


Harvey Rose addresses a mass meting over salaries at Wentworth Park in 1973

Federation Life Member and stalwart of the Manly-Warringah Teachers Association, Harvey Rose died recently.

He was an enthusiastic member of Federation, and a regular at Annual Conference for all the years he taught. In the days of mass meetings he always had something to say, to the point, and occasionally outrageous. His reports to the Association, with his handful of handwritten pieces of paper, were always interesting and entertaining. He was passionate about the union, and was granted Federation Life Membership in 1989.

Harvey came to his first association meetings around the time of the 1968 strike. He had been an opponent of the Vietnam War and had become enthusiastic supporter of direct action as a political strategy. The period of the late 1960s early 1970s was one where strategic questions were very strongly argued, and Manly-Warringah went through a period of activity that called for a lot of effort. Harvey was in the thick of it, and became, along with Jock Fraser, something of a voice of the union in the Manly-Warringah area. He was on was Manly-Warringah Teachers Association’s executive for 35 years.

Harvey was an English teacher, a job that he loved, and his approach, which could involve flair and drama, was appreciated by many thousands of Manly-Warringah students over a very long period of time. After he retired in 2004 he taught in TAFE, unwilling to stop doing something he loved.

In retirement Harvey continued this activism, and was in the midst of local issues until his final illness. The Pittwater area where he lived is one of the most beautiful residential areas in Australia, and Harvey fought endless battles to retain it as such. He became a member of the local council, and spent three years as its mayor. His activity was always around the environment and the maintenance of services for the local community.

He is survived by his children and his teacher and poet wife Wilga. He will be remembered by his many friends, and those people in the Manly-Warringah area who appreciated his efforts on their behalf.

Ray Cavenagh, Federation Life Member