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John (Jack) Blamire (1851–1905)

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John ‘Jack’ Blamire (1851-1905) labourer, trade union leader, farmer 

Birth: 9 July 1851 in Preston, Lancashire , England, son of Anthony Blamire (1815-1900), outdoor labourer, later brick merchant, and Maria, née Sinkinson (1819-1892), who signed with a mark. Marriage: unknown. Death: 19 July 1905 in Hamel, Western Australia. Religion: Primitive Methodist. 

  • The Blamire family had arrived in New South Wales by 1870 when Anthony was a brickmaker at Marrickville. In 1880 Jack was worshipful master of the Stephen Loyal Orange Lodge [LOL] No. 117 at Marrickville.
  • He lived in Canterbury Sydney in April 1886 when, in a missing friend column of the NSW Police Gazette, his bother Richard described him as “about 35 years of age, 5 feet 8 inches high, stout build, fair complexion, full face, sandy whiskers, beard and moustache”.
  • In 1892 he was living with his father at Canterbury, Sydney.
  • Moved to Western Australia during the 1890s gold rush.
  • Foundation member of Amalgamated Workers’ Association, Kalgoorlie and Boulder branch, with brother, Richard Blamire, and Fred Gilbert in 1897; Treasurer, AWA Kalgoorlie and Boulder Branch at various times
  • Was a labourer in Boulder in 1903 electoral roll. Occupation on death certificate “farmer’. Cause of death chronic pneumonia.

Info from biographical files held in Battye Library; Family Group Sheet (in Fred Gilbert file); Sands Directory, Sydney, 1892.

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  • photo, Kalgoorlie Western Argus (WA), 9 June 1898, p 12

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9 July, 1851
Preston, Lancashire, England


19 July, 1905 (aged 54)
Hamel, Western Australia, Australia

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