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Bradshaw, James Henry (Harry) (1861–1935)

An exemplary industrial career was terminated by the death of Mr. James Harry Bradshaw, which occurred at his home at Richmond, where he had resided for a number of years, after a long illness, at the age of 74 years.

Mr. Bradshaw was Secretary of the Victorian Plasterers' Society for 23 years, and held many other offices as a workers' representative in an unostentatious but effective manner. He was a member of the Trades Hall Council, a member of two State - Repatriation Boards, selector and training organiser for the vocational training scheme, a past president of the Working Men's College, a member of the first Apprenticeship Commission, a member of the Council of Public Education, and Government examiner for plastering in technical schools.

Mr. Bradshaw's funeral took place on Monday last. The cortege left his home. A halt was made at the Trades Hall, where a service was held. 

The Rev. E. V. Constable (Church of England) said the large gathering in the Council Chamber was a tribute to the memory of Mr. Bradshaw for what he had done for his fellow men during his life. He expressed his sympathy for the widow and relatives of Mr. Bradshaw.

The President of the Trades Hall Council (Mr. P. J. Clarey), on behalf of the Trade Union Movement, paid his tribute to the good work done by Mr. Bradshaw, who had given the greater part of his life to the Trade Union Movement. The thoroughness of his work was manifest. The sincerity and genuineness of his character was appreciated by all those who came in contact with him. To Mr. Bradshaw's relatives he expressed his deepest and sincere sympathy, and trusted that the knowledge of the high esteem in which Mr. Bradshaw was held would be a source of comfort and consolation to them.

The Acting Secretary of the Plasterers' Society (Mr. N. Gaye) said Mr. Bradshaw was always ready and willing to assist any one, irrespective of those in or out of his own trade. He did not believe that Mr. Bradshaw had an enemy. He had rendered valuable service in many positions, and had endeared himself to many. He was a friend to the down-trodden. Mr. Bradshaw's assistance and advice were always valuable, and he rendered monetary aid to those in distress. He trusted Mrs. Bradshaw would have the consolation in her trouble that her late husband was so well-known and well liked. Mr. Bradshaw's death was a loss to the Plasterers' Society and the Labor Movement.

The President of the Melbourne Technical College (Mr. J. S. Rogers) said Mr. Bradshaw was elected on the Working Men's College Council in 1924, and was its President in 1928. He rendered good service on the Officers' and Servants' Committee. Admiration for Mr. Bradshaw increased the more one got to know him. It was realised that he took a whole-hearted and unselfish interest in the cause of education. Mr. Bradshaw was an influence for good, and used his opportunities in that direction to the full.

There was a large attendance at the funeral, including Labor members of the Federal and State Parliaments and Union officials. There were numerous floral tributes. Mr. Bradshaw's remains were cremated at the Fawkner Crematorium.

Mr. Bradshaw is survived by a widow.

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Additional Resources

  • profile, Labor Call (Melbourne), 10 May 1923, p 7

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'Bradshaw, James Henry (Harry) (1861–1935)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/bradshaw-james-henry-harry-32286/text39962, accessed 7 December 2022.

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