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Brandt, Paulus Johannus (1854–1934)

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Paulus Johannus Brandt (1854-1934) pastrycook and trade union leader 

Birth: 31 December 1854 in Sydney, son of Paulus Johannus Brandt (1826-1854), seaman, born in Amsterdam, Holland, and Sarah, née Townley, born in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. Unmarried. Death: 15 April 1934 in Melbourne. Religion: Baptised Anglican, later Methodist. 

  • After the death of his father in Sydney, his mother married William Robert Barnes, a saddler, in 1855 in Wellington New Zealand.
  • Young Paulus was apprenticed to the pastrycook trade when aged 15. Joined New Zealand Order of Rechabites and Mutual Improvement Society of the Methodist Church. Prominence in Wellington temperance circles led to appointment as Grand Assistant Secretary of Independent Order of Good Templars, NZ.
  • Moved to Australia where helped form Pastrycook and Biscuit Employees’ Union; successfully campaigned for implementation of Factory Act clause for Bakers Holiday in Victoria. Union representative on Wages Board. Active with Melbourne Trades Hall Council where became notable identity.
  • Active with Australian Labor Party, Richmond, and student of Australian preferential voting system.
  • Organised his own tombstone inscribed: ‘In memory of Paulus Johannus Brandt, of the Trades Hall. Author of the group seats, one ballot majority vote election’.

Sources
Labor Call, 9 June 1927, 19 April 1934; Worker 12 July 1906; AW, 11 July 1928.

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'Brandt, Paulus Johannus (1854–1934)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/brandt-paulus-johannus-32372/text40124, accessed 26 November 2022.

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