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John (Jack) Millard (1867–1931)

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John (Jack) Millard (1867-1931) builders’ labourer and trade union leader 

Birth: 31 January 1867 in Hobart, Tasmania, son of native-born parents Samuel Millard (Milward) (1819-1885), mason, later shipwright, and Elizabeth, née O’Brien. Marriage: 29 June 1889 in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, with Free Church of England rites, to Katey Donohue [also known as Spurrier] (1872-1931). They had five daughters and four sons. Death: 27 December 1931 in private hospital at Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Joined Builders’ Labourers’ Federation (BLF) in Melbourne in 1887 and was an office holder of the Victorian branch in all capacities except secretary.
  • Moved to NSW branch in 1902. Secretary BLF, NSW branch, from 1909 until death. Federal president of BLF from 1911 to 1926. Conducted many cases in Arbitration Courts representing union.
  • Joined Australian Labor Party in 1893 and was a prominent member in Melbourne and Sydney.
  • Cause of death acute lobar pneumonia.

Labor Daily
, 13 January 1927, p 7: photo and biog details; Australian Worker (Sydney), 30 December 1931, p 1; Ellis, 1932; Humphrey McQueen, We built this country: builders’ labourers and their unions, 1787 to the future (Port Adelaide, 2011).

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Labor Daily (NSW), 28 December 1931, p 6

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Alternative Names
  • Milward, John

31 January, 1867
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia


27 December, 1931 (aged 64)
Randwick, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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