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Ware, John Joseph (1858–1921)

The news received by cable to-day of the death of ex-Senator John Ware, of South Africa, will be received with regret by many Laborites throughout Australia. The late Mr. Ware many years ago was a sturdy and active Labor advocate in Australia, where he resided for a number of years. Migrating to South Africa, he continued his good work in the direction of working class agitation and education, and as a result was eventually elected as a Labor representative in the South African Senate. The late Mr. Ware visited Australia during the historic period of the conscription referendum, and in many parts of Australia rendered yeoman service on the public platform as a stern and uncompromising opponent of the conscription plot of W. M. Hughes. He was one of the principal speakers at the memorable anti-conscription meeting held at the Centennial Hall, during those epochal days when Queensland "Hansard" was seized by the Commonwealth military, and on the historic occasion when W. M. Hughes was in Brisbane and threatened the then Premier (Mr. T. J. Ryan} with his notorious, "I'll have you." Mr. Ryan and the late Mr. Ware also addressed the huge overflow meeting in Albert-square. Utterances of Mr. Ware, both in his speeches and in a long interview given to "The Daily Standard'' were censored from publication by the severe military-political censorship, which at that time had a death-like grip on the throat of freedom. Since his return to South Africa the late Mr. Ware has corresponded frequently with a number of his numerous friends and co-workers in the Labor movement, and his death was entirely unexpected.

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'Ware, John Joseph (1858–1921)', Obituaries Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University, https://oa.anu.edu.au/obituary/ware-john-joseph-31938/text39401, accessed 20 October 2021.

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