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John Bond (1857–1941)

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John Bond (1857-1941) French polisher, Socialist, parliamentary candidate 

Birth: 31 October 1857 in Bethnal Green, Middlesex, England, son of George Bond, hand loom silk weaver later brass finisher, and Maria, née Hughes (1830-191), also a silk weaver, who signed with a mark. Marriage: 16 January 1886 in Brisbane, Queensland, to Martha Ellen Bee (1858-1938). They had two daughters and a son. Death: 2 November 1941 in Brisbane, Queensland. Religion: Congregationalist. 

  • Claimed to have been “educated in private schools, and apprenticed to the piano and furniture trades. Joined the Army in ’74, but afterward returned to his craft”. Became a disciple of John Ruskin and J. Morrison Davidson.
  • In 1881 was working as a silk dresser in Bethnal Green, living with his widowed mother, a laundress, and seven siblings. Arrived in Queensland a few years later, possibly aboard the Dorunda as an assisted immigrant on 21 September 1882.
  • Founding member of Queensland Socialist League in 1896, and Queensland Social-Democratic Vanguard in 1900.
  • A pioneer of the Labour movement in Queensland. Lived at Highgate Hill and was a Labor candidate [with J. H. Turley] for South Brisbane in Legislative Assembly in 1896 and also stood for that seat in 1899 and 1902.
  • Delegate to and vice-president of Labour-in-Politics Conventions, and sometime vice-chairman of the central political executive.
  • From 1886 a French polisher by trade, “he was associated with many of the big furnishing jobs throughout the State”.
  • Later lived at Coorporoo.
  • Described in November 1941 as grey haired, 5 feet 4 inches (254 cm) in height and of slight build, “wearing a grey suit, blue and white striped shirt, black shoes, and a felt hat” when he went missing from his home. His body was found in the Brisbane river and an inquest found that he had died by drowning.
  • His estate was sworn for probate at £918 for realty and £410 for personalty.

Sources
Verity Burgmann, In Our Time: Socialism and the Rise of Labor, 1885-1905 (Sydney, 1985).

Additional Resources

  • profile, Worker (Brisbane), 8 March 1902, p 10
  • probate, Courier-Mail (Brisbane), 7 April 1942, p 4

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'Bond, John (1857–1941)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/bond-john-33223/text41445, accessed 21 May 2024.

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John Bond, 1902

John Bond, 1902

Worker (Brisbane), 8 March 1902, p 10

Life Summary [details]

Birth

31 October, 1857
London, Middlesex, England

Death

2 November, 1941 (aged 84)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

Cause of Death

drowned

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Occupation
Political Activism