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Ernest Robert Peters (1872–1942)

by Chris Cunneen

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Ernest Robert James Peters (1872-1942) baker, miner, trade union leader, and hotelier 

Birth: 1872, Hobart, son of John Peters, miner, and Caroline née Broomhead. Married: 3 May 1899, Lily Hypatia Teece, dressmaker, Holy Trinity Church, Launceston, born Altofts, Yorkshire 1877, sister of Arthur Teece. Death: 27 September 1942, Newcastle, New South Wales.

  • 5 children — two born in Victoria 1900 & 1901, one in West Maitland district NSW in 1906, one in Hamilton, NSW, in 1914, and youngest in Kurri Kurri, NSW in 1919.
  • Miner in Victoria.
  • Miner at Weston, NSW.
  • Held numerous positions in Miners’ Federation.
  • Moved to Wallsend, Newcastle, worked in mines then became a hotelkeeper.
  • Foundation councillor on Greater Newcastle City Council in 1938.
  • Member of the ALP since its inception, and held many positions until his death.
  • widow Lily Hypatia Peters died 1961 at Hamilton.

Additional Resources

  • funeral, Newcastle Morning Herald (NSW),) 29 September 1942, p 4
  • tributes, Newcastle Sun (NSW), 28 September 1942, p 3

Citation details

Chris Cunneen, 'Peters, Ernest Robert (1872–1942)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 21 April 2024.

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