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James Aloysius (Jimmy) Hoare (1880–1959)

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James Aloysius (Jimmy) Hoare (1880-1959) engine driver and trade union official

Birth: 28 April 1880 at Carrieton (Yanyarrie), South Australia, son of Patrick James Hoare (1845-1918), miner, and Mary, née Dwyer (1857-1950). Both parents had been born in South Australia. Marriage: 3 April 1914 at St Laurence Church, Adelaide, SA, to native-born Beatrice Mary Smith (1881-1951). They had one daughter and two sons. Death: 30 August 1959 in his residence at Pell Street, Railway Town, Broken Hill, New South Wales. Religion: Catholic. 

  • To Broken Hill in 1880, leaving and returning several times.
  • Member of the Amalgamated Miners’ Association from 1895 to 1916. Steward at the Pinnacles for about ten years.
  • Executive member of the Federated Engine Drivers’ and Firemen’s Association of Australasia (FED&FA) in 1912. Vice-president of FED&FA in 1915. Elected president of the FED&FA in 1926 after disconnection with union for many years. Represented FED&FA on Barrier Industrial Council and Barrier District Assembly of the Australian Labor Party several times.
  • Resigned from Barrier District Assembly of ALP after “declaring for the late Mr Percy Brookfield in split some years ago”.
  • Appointed justice of the Peace on 8 February 1928. For many years a member of the Broken Hill hospital board. Director of the Old Folks’ Home.
  • Cause of death: congestive cardiac failure and myocardial infarctions.

Daily Truth (Broken Hill), 17 December 1926.

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Life Summary [details]


28 April, 1880
Carrieton, South Australia, Australia


30 August, 1959 (aged 79)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

Religious Influence

Includes the religion in which subjects were raised, have chosen themselves, attendance at religious schools and/or religious funeral rites; Atheism and Agnosticism have been included.

Key Organisations
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