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Belpitt, John Charles (Charley) (1858–1923)

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John Charles (Charley) Belpitt (1856-1923) watchman, bootmaker, trade unionist 

Birth: 25 August 1858 in Ryde, New South Wales, son of English-born John Charles Belpitt/Bulpit, labourer, and Catherine, née Murphy, who had been born in Ireland. Marriage: 22 July 1886 in St Paul’s Church, Redfern, Sydney, to New South Wales-born Mary Ann Costello (1862-1906). They had four daughters and two sons. Death: 20 September 1923 at the Coast Hospital, Little Bay, New South Wales. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Father was a convict, accused of machine breaking at Hampshire in 1831.
  • With two of his brothers, Charles was put into the care of the Protestant Orphan School, Parramatta, on 6 May 1867. He was discharged to the care of their mother in May 1869.
  • Foundation member of the Political Labor League, Redfern branch.
  • Served with Watchmen, Caretakers’ and Cleaners’ Union of NSW, joining 4 March 1910.
  • Was appointed justice of the peace in July 1913. Sometime alderman on Redfern Council. A member of the Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows Loyal Sydney Lodge.
  • In 1915 became first president of Federated Miscellaneous Workers Union. Was an active member of its board of management until his death, when he was working as a watchman, living at Lord Street, Newtown.
  • Cause of death enteric fever

Sources
Australian Worker
, 3 Oct. 1923, 14 Nov 1923, Federation News, Dec 1990; Beasley, 1996.

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