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James David (Jim) Lockard (1867–1936)

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Jim Lockard, n.d.

Jim Lockard, n.d.

James David (Jim) Lockard (1867-1936) produce merchant, railway employee and trade union official

Birth: 3 December 1867 at Windellama, New South Wales, son of native-born parents William Henry Lockard (1844-1894), produce merchant, and Louisa Jane, née Cartwright (1843-1913). Marriage: 1 April 1895 at Newtown, Sydney, to native-born Lillian Mary Jones (1871-1943). They had seven daughters and one son. Death: 13 July 1936 in hospital at Perth, Western Australia. 

  • Member, Sydney Lumpers Union and Political Labor League. Arrived in Western Australia in 1896 and soon anchored in Bulong.
  • In partnership with his brother he established a flourishing produce merchant’s business in Kalgoorie.
  • Member of the Amalgamated Workers’ Association (AWA). General president of the AWA, 1902 to 1905. President, Amalgamation Conference of the two Miners’ Unions, 1905 at which miners were united in one Federated Union.
  • President of the General Workers’ Union, Kalgoorlie branch (later Kalgoorlie Branch AWA), during construction of the trans-Australian railway. Participated in General Workers Union strike on Trans Australian Railway Line with Mick Costello. Chairman and director of the Westralian Worker board of control at Kalgoorlie. Organiser WA.
  • Organiser of the Australian Workers’ Union, South Australian branch. Over forty years held many offices of trust in the Australian Labor Party.
  • Appointed Justice of the Peace for Western Australia in 1901 and for South Australia in December 1930 when he was living at Port Augusta.
  • Retired to WA metropolitan area, in the mid-1930s.
  • Cause of death uraemia (14 days), chronic interstitial nephritis and arteriosclerosis.

Westralian Worker
(Perth), 17 July 1936, p 1.

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  • profile, Westralian Worker (Perth), 28 February 1902, p 3

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