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John Fitzhenry (1855–1919)

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John Fitzhenry (1855-1919) iron moulder and trade union official 

Birth: 18 November 1855 at Sydney, New South Wales, son of Stephen Frederick Fitzhenry (1826-1904), iron dresser, born at Liverpool, Lancashire, England, and Mary, née Davies (1824-1901), born at Dennyloanhead, Stirlingshire, Scotland. Marriage: 1880 at Sydney, New South Wales, to Sarah Ann Pogson (1852-1931), a wool weaver, born at Golcar, Yorkshire, England. They had two daughters and six sons. Death: 10 June 1919 at Sydney, New South Wales. Religion: Presbyterian. 

  • Pioneer member of Friendly Trade Society of Iron Moulders of NSW organized in 1872 [later Sydney branch of the Federated Iron-moulders’ Union]. Was third secretary of the society, from 1880 to 1883, vice president in 1892 and president in 1885 and 1899-1900, trustee in 1901, and secretary again in 1903.
  • In 1893 was Ironmoulders’ representative on the Labor Day committee.
  • Member of union for 45 years, ‘always staunch and true’.
  • Member of the Glebe Union Lodge, Grand United Order of Odd Fellows.
  • Cause of death: malignant disease of liver.

The Moulders’ Journal
, 1 September 1919; W. J. Hargreaves, History of Federated Moulders (Metals) Union of Australia, 1858-1958 (Sydney, 1958).

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18 November, 1855
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


10 June, 1919 (aged 63)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

cancer (liver)

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