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Henry (Harry) Glance (1875–1942)

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Henry (Harry) Glance (1875-1942) boatman, miner, trade union leader and mayor

Birth: 1 October 1875 at North Melbourne, Victoria, son of Israel [Isador or Jack] Glance (1838-1903), a tailor born in Poland, ‘one of oldest colonists of Victoria’, and Rose or Rebecca, née Abbeace [Abicicas] (1840-1923), born in Dublin, Ireland. Marriage: 23 June 1897 in the office of the District Registrar at Fremantle, Western Australia, to Clara Barber (1867-1943), a dressmaker, born at Ilminster, Somerset, England. They had two sons and one daughter. Death: 16 March 1942 at his residence, 85 Paisley Street, Footscray, Victoria. 

  • His parents had married in London, England.
  • He was educated at schools at West Melbourne. Aged 14 he became a manual worker in Melbourne.
  • Aged 19, he went to Western Australia, walking from Southern Cross to Coolgardie, then to Fremantle where he worked for 7 years as a harbour worker.
  • Honorary secretary of Fremantle Harbour Workers’ Union. Then he moved to mines, elected president Hannan and Boulder Amalgamated Workers’ Association (AWA) which amalgamated with the Amalgamated Miners’ Union to become West Australian Goldfields Federated Miners’ Union. Elected secretary in 1906 and held office until 1915.
  • Advocate for miners in the Arbitration Court. Active and effective campaigner for Australian Labor Party and was honorary treasurer of the Australian Labour Federation.
  • In 1906 he was elected to a seat on the Boulder Municipal Council. Mayor from 1912 to 1914. In February 1912 was a candidate for Labor preselection for the South Province.
  • Appointed Justice of the Peace. Active in Boulder Benevolent Society and Fresh Air League. Secretary of the Goldfields Trotting Club committee.
  • Returned to Melbourne about 1917. A Freemason, he belonged to the A. F. and A. Masons, Ashlar Lodge, No. 289, and the Footscray Jubilee Mark Lodge, No. 50.
  • Occupation on his death certificate given as oil company representative. Cause of death: coronary thrombosis, coronary sclerosis, arteriosclerosis with hyperpiesia.

The Cyclopedia of Western Australia
, volume 2, 1913.

Additional Resources

  • photo, Sunday Times (Perth), 7 November 1909, p 1
  • profile, Sun (Kalgoorlie, WA), 25 February 1912, p 9, column 1
  • photo, Truth (Perth), 15 May 1915, p 5
  • photo, Truth (Perth), 28 August 1915, p 4

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Harry Glance, 1915

Harry Glance, 1915

Truth (Perth), 15 May 1915, p 5

Life Summary [details]


1 October, 1875
North Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


16 March, 1942 (aged 66)
Footscray, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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