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James (Jim) Osborne (1892–1946)

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James Osborne, n.d.

James Osborne, n.d.

James (Jim) Osborne (1892-1946) potter and trade union official

Birth: 3 September 1892 at Sheffield, Yorkshire, England, son of James Osborne (1866-1947), spring maker, and Rosetta, née Corbett (1869-1943). Marriage: 30 August 1924 at Yarraville, Melbourne, Victoria, to Annie Martin Adam (1901-1997), born at Govan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland. They had one daughter. Death: 11 April 1946 in Royal Melbourne Hospital, at Parkville, Melbourne; usual residence Primrose street, Essendon, Melbourne. 

  • Arrived in Melbourne aboard the Norseman with his father in 1911. The remainder of his family arrived the following year.
  • Lived in Ascot Vale, Melbourne. Worked as a striker in 1919. Was a potter, living at Footcray in 1931.
  • Secretary of the Brick, Tile and Pottery Union from about 1936 to about 1946. Represented union on Brick, Tile and Pottery Wages Boards.
  • Was also secretary of the Salaried Officers’ Association. Executive member of the Trades Hall Council and was sometime president and member of its disputes committees.
  • Member of the Australian Labor Party, Essendon branch.
  • Was a member and choirmaster of the Hope of Yarraville No. 164 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Lodge “and a keen worker in all patriotic activities in Footscray and Essendon” [Argus].

Call (Melbourne), 18 April 1946, p 8; ALP Vic. Branch Central Executive Report 1946-1947.

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3 September, 1892
Sheffield, Yorkshire, England


11 April, 1946 (aged 53)
Parkville, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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