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Francis Henry (Frank) Jones (1890–1948)

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Frank Jones, caricature,  1925

Frank Jones, caricature, 1925

Cessnock Eagle (NSW), 18 August 1925, p 5

Francis Henry (Frank) Jones (1890-1948) shotfirer, trade union official and deputy mayor

Birth: 1890 at Wombwell, Derbyshire, England, son of William Jones (1868-1929) mine worker, and Ruth, née Commander (1869-1950). Marriage: 1918 at Oldham, Lancashire, England, to Sarah Wild. They had three sons and one daughter. Death: 18 December 1948 at Abermain No 2 Mine, Aberdare, NSW; usual residence: Northcote street, Aberdare. 

  • Emigrated to Australia in 1913. Worked at Stockton Borehole colliery. Joined Mercantile Marine, about 1914 and served during WW1.
  • Moved to the Cessnock district in April 1922. Worked at Abermain No. 2 Colliery, NSW. Was treasurer of Abermain, No. 2 Lodge for many years and was secretary from about 1930 until his death. Lodge official for about twenty years. Secretary of J. and A. Brown, Abermain and Seaham Collieries’ Merger Committee.
  • For a long period was secretary of the Cessnock and district unemployed and relief workers, responsible for a successful social service scheme, particularly during the Depression of the 1930s. “By personal contact with the different Government departments, he was able to procure for the unemployed over 2,000 sets of dentures, 2,500 sets of spectacles, and 2,000 railway passes for dental treatment.”
  • In the 1940s was a member of the Cessnock Hospital board of directors. Served two terms from 1944 as alderman on Cessnock Municipal Council and was deputy mayor in 1948. Secretary of Australian Labor Party Cessnock branch for many years.
  • He played soccer football from 1913 to 1935, first with Wallsend, then for Cessnock and Kearsley and was an outstanding player, representing NSW on several occasions. President of South Maitland Soccer Football Association. Also vice-president of the Vigoro Association.
  • His wife, a prominent local nurse, had a private hospital at Aberdare and was a supporter of the local branch of the Miners’ Womens’ Auxiliary.
  • Cause of death: valvular disease of the heart.

Sources
Common Cause
, 22 January 1949 p 10.

Additional Resources

  • profile, Cessnock Eagle (NSW), 10 October 1944, p 3

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'Jones, Francis Henry (Frank) (1890–1948)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://peopleaustralia.anu.edu.au/biography/jones-francis-henry-frank-34145/text42830, accessed 1 March 2024.

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Frank Jones, caricature,  1925

Frank Jones, caricature, 1925

Cessnock Eagle (NSW), 18 August 1925, p 5

Life Summary [details]

Birth

1890
Wombwell, Derbyshire, England

Death

18 December, 1948 (aged ~ 58)
Cessnock, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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