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John Hamilton McInnes (1847–1912)

John McInnes, 1907 [detail]

John McInnes, 1907 [detail]

State Library of South Australia, 61506

Mr. J. H. [John Hamilton] McInnnes, of Goodwood, who when not following his calling as a machinist at Islington was engaged in propagating the Labor cause or growing flowers—both noble occupations—died at the beginning of the week, aged 64 years. He was a pioneer of the Labor movement, and early in life devoted himself to its advocacy. He was a member of Mr Guthrie's committee when he was first elected to the Legislative Council of South Australia, and was also an active member of the Sturt committee when Mr. Price was returned, remaining on that body up to the time of his death. As a canvasser in Goodwood for a number of years he was acknowledged to be one of the best and most energetic workers for Labor principles and candidates. He was a past president of the Goodwood Democratic Association, and interested himself largely in municipal affairs.

Mr. McInnes was an authority on horticulture, particularly with reference to carnation growing, and was one of the most successful amateur gardeners in the State. The South Australian Carnation Society largely owed its inception to him, and for several years he was sought after as a judge at numerous floral shows. The Mount Lofty show was visited by him annually. As a competitor he was highly successful, and took many prizes in this and other States. He raised many new varities of carnations. Socially Mr. Mclnnes was well liked, and he often sang at the Lothian Club, of which he was a popular member.

Thirty-three years ago he arrived in Australia. He was twice married, and leaves a wife, six sons, and three daughters. One of his sons is Mr. J. McInnes, the secretary of the Liquor Trades Union, and another Mr. A. McInnes, a member of the Boilermakers' Association, and is on the Labor Senate plebiscite.

The funeral took place at the West terrace Cemetery on Thursday. The Rev. R. Mitchell officiated, and delivered a eulogy on the deceased.

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John McInnes, 1907 [detail]

John McInnes, 1907 [detail]

State Library of South Australia, 61506

Life Summary [details]


Hamilton, Lanarkshire, Scotland


2 July, 1912 (aged ~ 65)
Goodwood, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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