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Robert Augustine (Bob) Hewitt (1857–1914)

Old comrades and friends of Mr R. A. [Robert Augustine] Hewitt will regret to learn that he died at his home, at the corner of Central and Piper streets, south Broken Hill, from a complication of complaints chiefly caused through lead in the system, he having just left a white lead slope in the Central Mine. Few men on the Barrier have had such experience of underground ton along the line of lode as Bob Hewitt. Arriving in 1889, he went through the struggles of the 1892 strike, in which he took a prominent part, and he was one of the leaders who suffered gaol for the cause of unionism.  In the 1909 lockout Bob was again to the fore.

He was president of the A. M. A., chairman of the Barrier Labor Federation, and one of the members of the “Truth” Management Committee when the Labor daily first saw the light.

He has left a wife and two young children to mourn their loss.

In addition to having been an active member of the A. M. A., Mr Hewitt was organiser of the S. A. and W. E. F. At the meeting of that body last night, it was resolved that a letter of condolence be sent to the bereaved.

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'Hewitt, Robert Augustine (Bob) (1857–1914)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 24 May 2024.

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  • Hewett, Robert Augustine

29 December, 1857
Ballarat, Victoria, Australia


7 July, 1914 (aged 56)
Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia

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