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Horace Hawkins (1858–1901)

by Chris Cunneen

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Horace Hawkins (1858-1901) shop employee and trade union official

Baptised: 16 September 1858 at Milborne Port, Somerset, England, youngest son of Robert Hawkins (1820-1901), yeoman farmer, and Elizabeth, née Sander (1824-1866). Marriage: 25 September 1889 at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Newcastle, New South Wales, to native-born Catherine Thompson Sharpe Brown (1863-1956), daughter of John Sharpe Brown of Hill End, NSW, formerly of Durham, England. They had two daughters and one son. Death: 20 July 1901 in his home at Hamilton, Newcastle, NSW. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Arrived in Sydney aboard the Orient on 18 February 1887.
  • From 1889 was employed at W. Winn and Co’s shop in Newcastle, in his latter years as chief of the dress department.
  • A member of the Newcastle and County Shop Employees’ Union; in 1891 was elected president. Described as “one of the prime movers” of the Newcastle Early Closing Association.
  • Prominent member of the Eight Hour Demonstration Committee 1891.
  • Was an active committee-member of the Stockton School of Arts until he moved to Waratah in 1895. Later member of the Newcastle School of Arts and of the Hamilton Mechanics’ Institute Chess Club.
  • Cause of death: pneumonia.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Hawkins, Horace (1858–1901)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 29 May 2024.

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16 September, 1858
Milborne Port, Somerset, England


20 July, 1901 (aged 42)
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia

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