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Jonathan Herbert Hammerton (1864–1946)

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Jonathan Herbert Hammerton, also known as John Hammerton (1864-1946) trade union official 

Birth: 24 November 1864 at Belchford, Lincolnshire England, son of John Hammerton (1837-1912), blacksmith, and Susanna, née Sharp (1840-1905). Marriages: (1) 1886 at Newcastle, New South Wales, to native-born Esther Nicoll (1865-1887). They had one son. (2) 13 August 1889 at Balmain North, Sydney, to native-born Theresa Gertrude Shanley (1867-1942). They had two daughters and four sons. Death: 11 January 1946 at Coonabarabran, NSW. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Took to the sea at an early age and made a world tour before settling on the Hunter river in the 1890s.
  • Secretary of the NSW Dredge and Navigation Employees’ Association from its inception in 1907 until he retired in 1937 .
  • Australian Labor Party Tighe’s Hill branch member for many years. Secretary Newcastle Eight Hour Committee. Secretary of the Trades Hall Management Committee for 16 years.
  • Held positions of president, vice-president and secretary of the Newcastle Trades Hall Council, which he first joined in 1907.
  • Alderman on Wickham Council from about 1924 to 1938.
  • Candidate for election to Greater Newcastle Council in March 1938.

Labor Year Book 1933, p.171, and  1934/35 p 231.

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  • Hammerton, John

24 November, 1864
Belchford, Lincolnshire, England


11 January, 1946 (aged 81)
Coonabarabran, New South Wales, Australia

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