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John James (Jack) Newland (1878–1967)

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John James (Jack) Newland (1878-1967) labourer, gardener and trade union official 

Birth: 3 September 1878 at Brisbane Valley, Oberon, [?Picton], New South Wales, son of native-born parents of Irish descent, Patrick Joseph Newland (1847-1905), grazier, and Sarah Sophia, née Mitchell, later Thorburn (1853-1939).  Marriage: 22 September 1902 at Isabella, NSW, to Ellen Theresa Ryan (1881-1955), born at Isabella, NSW. They had five daughters and two sons. Death: 13 May 1967 at Base Hospital, Dubbo; usual residence March Street, Orange, NSW. Religion: Catholic. 

  • Member of the Australian Workers’ Union, 1896-1927. Lived at Rockley [Isabella], NSW, after his marriage and at Orange from at least 1929. Occupation on electoral rolls ‘labourer’ (1930) and ‘municipal employee’ (1931-1954).
  • Member of the Federated Municipal and Shire Council Employees’ Union of Australia from 1927 to about 1956 (retired). Held all offices of the Orange sub-branch of the union, including honorary secretary for about twenty years. Delegate of branch to union conferences from 1927 to about 1956.
  • Joined Australian Labor Party in 1902 and remained a member until 1956 and was officer of branch in various positions. Participated in anti-conscription campaign and chaired many public meetings. Was a good Member of the Orange Eight-Hour Association.
  • Rugby league football enthusiast and executive officer of local club.
  • Occupation on death certificate: gardener. Cause of death: lobar pneumonia (7 days), chronic bronchitis and myocardial ischaemia (1 year).

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3 September, 1878
Picton, New South Wales, Australia


13 May, 1967 (aged 88)
Dubbo, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death


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