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Bailey, John William (1863–1936)

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John William Bailey (1863-1936) miner, trade union official 

Birth: 30 April 1863 in Ripley, Derbyshire, England, son of John Bailey, coal miner, and his wife Jane, née Bridgett, who signed with a mark. Marriage: 25 January 1889 in Petersham, Sydney, with Methodist forms, to Betsy Morrey. They had six daughters and three sons. Death: 1 September 1936 at his residence, Sydney Street, Brown Hill, Kalgoorlie, Western Australia. Religion: Methodist. 

  • Started work as a trapper boy in the coal mines aged 12.
  • Arrived in Sydney about 1885. To WA about 1896. Miners’ union official on WA Goldfields.
  • For many years a delegate to the Australian Labor Party.
  • Published his reminiscences “Sixty years underground” in instalments, in the Goldfields Observer (Kalgoorlie) in 1934.

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'Bailey, John William (1863–1936)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bailey-john-william-32412/text40197, accessed 26 November 2022.

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Life Summary [details]

Birth

April, 1863
Ripley, Derbyshire, England

Death

1 September, 1936 (aged 73)
Kalgoorlie, Western Australia, Australia

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