Bob McKinney, born in Pyrmont in 1901, was a community-minded activist and a Protestant who supported Catholic and Labor Party causes. He devoted much of his life to the management of junior soccer in the Pyrmont Junior Soccer Club and state-wide, the Pyrmont Swimming Club, the Pyrmont-Wentworth Cricket Club, and later Rugby League.
His other consuming interests were the union movement, serving the Printing Industry Employees’ Union and the Federated Municipal and Shire Council Employees’ Union, and the Labor Party. He supported Jack Beasley, Jack Lang and John Armstrong, and stood aside to allow Armstrong a clear run as an Alderman.
Michael R. Matthews, Pyrmont & Ultimo: a history