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Aarons, Jane (1874–1941)

Jane Aarons (1874-1941) political activist

Born: 2 August 1874, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A. Married: Louis Aarons, boot repairer. They had one son and three daughters. Died: 3 April 1941, Glenhuntly, Melbourne, Victoria. 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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