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James Edward Hudson (1876–1943)

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James Edward Hudson (1876-1943) electrician, trade union official and mayor

Birth: 10 August 1876 at Carlton, Victoria, son of Irish parents from County Kerry, Edward Hudson (1850-1878), born at Kilbaha, Moyvane, and Ann, née O’Connor (1840-1878), born at Knockbrane, Lixnow. Marriage: 1902 in Victoria to Hanorah (Nora) Lane (1884-1971). They had eight sons and three daughters; three of the children died in infancy. Death: 17 March 1943 in St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne. Religion: Catholic.

  • As both his parents died while he was a child, he was educated by the Christian Brothers at St Augustine’s Orphanage, Geelong, and remained an active old boy.
  • Worked for Melbourne City Council in 1911 and became member of the Electrical Trades Union (ETU). Was organiser of the ETU, Victorian branch from 1914 to his death; councillor on ETU Federal Council.
  • Member of Brunswick City Council from 1921 (Labor), he was elected mayor in 1929. As mayor he went regularly to the markets to bulk-buy vegetables for the unemployment relief committee and paid for them in cash. Retired from Brunswick City Council in 1940.
  • Australian Labor Party member and rendered yeoman service in every Federal, State and municipal campaign.

(Melbourne), 31 August 1929; Sun, 26 August 1930; Electrical Trades Journal, 31 Mar. 1943.

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10 August, 1876
Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


17 March, 1943 (aged 66)
Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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