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Robert James (Bobby) Hinwood (c. 1851–1938)

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Robert James (Bobby) Hinwood (c.1851-1938) printer, trade union official and clerk 

Birth: about 1851 at Sydney, New South Wales, son of John Hinwood (1821-1901), blacksmith, later clerk, born at Deptford, Wiltshire, England, and Jane, née Smyth (1825-1900), domestic servant, born at Kings Court, County Cavan, Ireland. Marriage: 20 January 1882 at the Baptist Church, Castlereagh Street, Sydney, NSW, to native-born Anne (Annie) Elvey (1853-1948). They had four daughters and three sons. Death: 27 January 1938 at Bexley, NSW. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Compositor working in jobbing offices, including with Gibbs, Shallard and Co.
  • Member of the Typographical Association in Sydney (Typographical Society from 1873 to 1876), up until its disbandment after a strike for shorter working hours from 50 to 48.
  • Joined NSW Typographical Association (later known as Printing Industry Union) again as a member in 1882, after the unions revival in 1880. Vice-President of NSW Typographical Association in 1884-85. Member, board of management and was later one of the auditors.
  • Office assistant of the union from 1914. Assisted workers in gaining union rates for work. Retired in 1931 and became an old age pensioner
  • Cause of death: cardiac failure, auricular fibrilation and senility.
  • Son, gunner Reginald James Hinwood (1890-1959), a plumber, served in Australian Imperial Force in World War I and was seriously wounded in action in France in June 1918.

, 12 August 1927, 20 March 1931.

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c. 1851
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia


27 January, 1938 (aged ~ 87)
Bexley, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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