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Thomas Moore (c. 1882–?)

by Chris Cunneen

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Thomas Moore (c1882-?) seaman, gaoled IWW member

Birth: about 1882 in New Zealand. Death: unknown. Religion: Anglican. 

  • Arrested on 29 September 1916 and charged with other members of the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) with treason. Further charged with stealing a quantity of flannel shirts, “the property of the Commonwealth”. The "treason" charge was later altered to conspiracy.
  • Convicted at the Central Criminal Court, Sydney on 2 December 1916 sentenced by Judge Pring to 10 years hard labour. The stealing charge was dropped.
  • In March 1917 his conviction and sentence were confirmed on appeal.
  • In 1919 it was reported that he was “laid up with the ‘flu in Maitland Jail”.
  • After a judicial inquiry by Justice Ewing in 1920 found that he had been unjustly convicted, Moore was released from Long Bay Gaol on 2 August 2020.
  • A press report in July 1923 stated that he was living quietly in Sydney. In 1927 it was reported that he “has disappeared from industrial circles altogether”.
  • Workers’ Weekly articles in 1929 provided convincing arguments that Moore had been framed by the police.

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Chris Cunneen, 'Moore, Thomas (c. 1882–?)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 April 2024.

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Thomas Moore, 1916

Thomas Moore, 1916

Sydney Mail, 18 October 1916, p 7

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c. 1882
New Zealand

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