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William Arthur (Will) Jones (1870–1911)

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William Arthur (Will) Jones (1870-1911) plumber, newspaper editor, socialist 

Birth: 13 April 1870 at Welshpool, Montgomeryshire (now Powys), Wales, son of John Jones (1844-1889), tinplate worker, and Elizabeth, née Pierce (1846-1926); Marriage: 22 May 1894 in Albion, Queensland, to Queensland-born Amy Maggs, a dressmaker. They had two two sons and one daughter. Death: 7 July 1911 at Bondi, Sydney. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Arrived in Cooktown, Queensland, with family aboard Roma on 19 September 1883. Secretary Social Democratic Vanguard, Brisbane.
  • To Kalgoorlie 1905 or 1906. Editor Westralian Worker, Kalgoorlie. Found himself in conflict because of his socialist ideas.
  • To Broken Hill about 1907. Editor of the then weekly Barrier Truth and first managing editor of the daily form of paper. To Sydney 1910. In charge of the labor department of the Daily Telegraph.
  • Death followed complications from a bout of influenza, after being in poor health for some time.

(Wagga), 13 July 1911 p 21,; Socialist, 19 October 1907 p.3; Tocsin, 5 April 1906; Will Jones in Justina Williams, The First Furrow (Perth, 1976), p.42.

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13 April, 1870
Welshpool, Powys, Wales


7 July, 1911 (aged 41)
Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

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