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John Joseland Madders (1864–1942)

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John Madders (1864-1942) miner

Born: 1864 South Tawton, Devon, England. Married: 24 December 1883, Mary Jane Evans at Glamorgan, Wales. They had 15 children. Died: 30 August 1942.

  • Began coalmining in Wales.
  • Arrived Queensland 1886, taking work at Torbanlea mine.
  • Victimised on Howard field during 1900s for seeking to form union; moved to Bluff;
  • instrumental in formation of branches of Queensland Colliery Employees' Union at Bluff and Blair Athol, c.1909-10;
  • chairman, Bluff branch.

P. Thomas, 1986.

Additional Resources

  • death notice, Maryborough Chronicle (Qld), 31 August 1942, p 2

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South Tawton, Devon, England


29 August, 1942 (aged ~ 78)
Maryborough, Queensland, Australia

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