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William Parker Jackson (1856–1917)

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William Parker Jackson (1856-1917) bootmaker and trade union official

Birth: 1856 at Collingwood, Victoria, son of English-born parents Joseph Jackson (1824-1878), a police officer from Lancaster, Lancashire, and Esther, née Parker, late Mordaunt (1823-1873), from Carnforth, Lancashire. Marriage: 3 July 1878 at Port Adelaide, South Australia, to native-born Margaret Catherine Kirk (1860-1942), tailoress. They had no children. Death: 11 November 1917 at his home in Leicester Street, Parkside, Adelaide. 

  • His parents arrived at Port Phillip, Melbourne, aboard the Tippoo Saib as un-assisted passengers on 29 September 1852.
  • William served an apprenticeship in the bootmaking trade in Melbourne and took an interest in trade unionism.
  • Moved to South Australia about 1877 and joined the Boot Trade Employees’ Federation, SA branch. Became secretary about 1902.
  • Worked towards successfully consolidating the bootmakers throughout the Commonwealth into one union.
  • Member of Board of Directors of the Daily Herald (Adelaide).
  • Also secretary of the Confectioners’ Society.
  • Member of the Duke of Brunswick (Druids) Lodge.
  • Trustee of the Trades Hall. Treasurer of the Eight Hour Committee.
  • Cause of death: angina pectoris.

Archives of Business and Labour (ANU Archives) T4/33/1.

Additional Resources

  • photo, Chronicle (Adelaide), 6 January 1906, p 27
  • photo, Quiz (Adelaide), 21 August 1908, p 3
  • photo, Quiz (Adelaide), 1 October 1909, p 3
  • photo, Quiz (Adelaide), 15 October 1909, p 3

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Parker Jackson, by E. Ziegler, 1907 [detail]

Parker Jackson, by E. Ziegler, 1907 [detail]

Australian Boot Trade Federation First Employees Wages Board, Adelaide Branch, 1907

Life Summary [details]


Collingwood, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


11 November, 1917 (aged ~ 61)
Parkside, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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