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Fry, Isaac (Ike) (?–?)

Isaac ‘Ike’ Fry (?-?) gaoled shearer 

Birth: unknown. Marriage: unknown. Death: unknown.  

  • Tall (6 feet 4 ins according to Julian Stuart). Long Ike was loosely built, with a fair moustache and of 'rather rowdy' appearance.
  • Was at a meeting of the Queensland Laborers’ Union at Ayrshire Downs in July 1889.
  • Active in Queensland Shearers' Union during shearers’ strike in 1891. At Clermont in February attempted to intercept blacklegs bound for Wolfgang station. Was present at Peak Downs 'riot' March.
  • Arrested on 26 March on conspiracy charge. Tried, with others, before Judge George Harding at Rockhampton Supreme Court in April-May, but was discharged on jury's recommendation on 20 May.
  • In 1893 he raised £26 in a raffle of George Taylor’s horses.
  • In 1941 Harry Kelly remembered him as a “gun” shearer.

Sources
Stuart Svensen, The Shearers' War: the story of the 1891 shearers' strike (Brisbane, 1989). 

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'Fry, Isaac (Ike) (?–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/fry-isaac-ike-32323/text40041, accessed 2 July 2022.

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