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Aaron Hampton (1866–1901)

by Chris Cunneen

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Aaron Hampton (1866-1901) plumber, railway employee and Labor Party activist 

Birth: 1866 at Newcastle, New South Wales, son of English-born parents Aaron Hampton (1826-1896), a railway sub-inspector from Aldingbourne, Sussex, and Charlotte, née Adair (1829-1897), from Leicestershire. Marriage: 1897 at Newcastle to Frances Mary Whitehouse (1874-1971). They had one daughter and one son. Death: 19 November 1901 at his residence in Waratah, NSW. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Attended Newcastle technical plumbing class.
  • Worked as a plumber in NSW railways shops. Lived at Waratah, Newcastle.
  • Prominent member of the Political Labor League. For some years until his death he was secretary of Waratah PLL. In 1897 unsuccessfully contested election to Waratah Municipal Council. In 1898 was active supporting the re-election of Arthur Griffith as member for Waratah in Legislative Assembly.
  • Member of the Masonic Order, Lodge Waratah, and of the Manchester Unity Oddfellows Loyal Union Lodge.
  • Active community charity worker.
  • According to one obituary, cause of death was “brain trouble caused by over work”, another stated that he “suffered frequently from weakness in the digestive organs, and this brought on other complications, which resulted in his death”.
  • Brother of Arthur Henry Hampton, boilermakers’ and trade union official.

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Hampton, Aaron (1866–1901)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 16 June 2024.

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Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


19 November, 1901 (aged ~ 35)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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