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James (Jim) Coen (1855–1911)

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James (Jim)’ Coen (1855-1911) bricklayer and trade union leader 

Birth: 1855 in South Australia, son of Thomas G. Coen of Dungarvan, Ireland, and Ellen, née O’Rorke. Marriage: 6 July 1879 at Port Adelaide, South Australia, to Mary Ellen Flaherty. They had three sons and four daughters. Death: 16 June 1911 at South Fremantle, Western Australia. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Between 1879 and 1885 he lived in Port Adelaide, where he was married and his children were born. Family then shifted to Victoria, where three children were born and two died between 1886 and 1891. Moved to Western Australia, probably in the 1890s.
  • By 1903 was a bricklayer in Fremantle, WA.
  • Secretary, Bricklayers, Storemen & Packers, Tally Clerks in Fremantle from 1905 to 1911. Secretary of Fremantle and District Trades Hall 1905-1911.
  • WA agent for Federated Seamen's Union of Australasia.

Obituaries, Westralian Worker (Perth), 23 June 1911, p 2; and Truth (Perth), 17 June 1911, p 11.

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South Australia, Australia


16 June, 1911 (aged ~ 56)
Fremantle, Western Australia, Australia

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