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Aarons, Jane (1874–1941)

Jane Aarons: Born 2 August 1874, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. Married Louis Aarons, boot repairer, 1 son 3 daughters. Died 3 April 1941, Glenhuntly, Melbourne. Secular humanist.

Immigrant from New York. Victorian Socialist Party (VSP) activist; also member of Women's Political Association & Militant Propagandists of the Labour Movement. Represented VSP at April 1916 peace conference with R.S. Ross. November 1918, arrested for displaying Red Flag at Yarra Bank meeting. 1920, foundation member of Melbourne Branch of Communist Party of Australia (CPA). 1926, visited London and Ceylon to support independence for Ceylon and other British colonies. Children - Sam, Annette, June, Miriam, and grandchildren–Laurie and Eric were also active in the CPA. 

Joy Damousi, Socialist Women in Australia, c.1890-c.1918, PhD thesis, ANU, 1987; The Bulletin, 9 Feb. 1963; information from J. Damousi 1991 and Judith Klepner. 2003.

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Argus (Melbourne), 4 April 1941, p 4
  • ASIO file, B2455, item 106 (National Archives of Australia)

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'Aarons, Jane (1874–1941)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/aarons-jane-23453/text32516, accessed 21 September 2021.

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