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John Robert (Jack) Hartley (1890–1964)

The death occurred on July 25 of Mr. J. R. [John Robert] Hartley at the age of 74, ending a life of struggle in the interests of the working class. 

He was a militant waterside worker for just on 30 years and his son Mr. Jack Hartley, is a member of the Federal Council of the Waterside Workers' Federation and secretary of the Sydney branch Job Delegates' Association.

Born at Swan Ponds in NSW, Jack Hartley took a keen interest in politics and trade unions as a young man and was a member of the IWW in its early days in Australia.

He played an active part in the anti-conscription campaign during the first World War, as he did in the anti-eviction campaigns and unemployment movement of the 30's.

He was secretary of the Mayfield East Unemployed Workers' Movement (Newcastle, NSW) during this period.

All his life he was a firm supporter of the Communist Party.

Tribune staff and the Communist Party extend their deep sympathy to his widow Mrs. Hartley and his family.

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'Hartley, John Robert (Jack) (1890–1964)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 May 2024.

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Life Summary [details]


Cowra, New South Wales, Australia


25 July, 1964 (aged ~ 74)
Summer Hill, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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