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Bennett, Christopher James (Chris) (1867–1930)

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Christopher James Bennett (1867–1930) trade union leader 

Birth: 28 May 1867 in Kapunda, South Australia, son of Christopher Bennett, wheelwright, and Honora, née Stapleton. Marriage: 7 October 1886 in Adelaide, to Emily Ann Elizabeth Goodman. They had five sons and a daughter. Death: 12 December 1930 in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. 

  • Early 1890s associated with South Australian Railway Union. Secretary of Eight-Hour Committee in SA.
  • Relocated to Melbourne, and was prominent anti-conscription fighter during World War I. Responsible for calling first meeting of Victorian Returned Soldiers’ anti-conscription League.
  • Secretary of Victorian Blacksmith’s Society 1914-1930. President Victorian Australian Labor Party, and executive member for 15 years. Also president Eight-Hours Committee, senior vice-president Workingmen’s College, president Trades Hall Council.
  • Was involved with Celtic Club.
  • Stood unsuccessfully for both State and Commonwealth parliament.
  • Cause of death cerebral thrombosis and hypostatic pneumonia.

Sources
Labor Call
, 20 Feb 1930, 18 Dec 1930; Australian Worker, 21 March 1923.

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Age (Melbourne), 13 December 1930, p 7
  • funeral, Herald (Melbourne), 13 December 1930, p 3

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