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Hans Christopherson (1886–1966)

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Hans Christopherson (1886-1966) house painter, journalist, IWW member and Communist 

Birth: 1886 at 'Sanderby Moen', Denmark, son of Anders Christopherson, farmer. Marriage: 2 February 1921 in the office of the Registrar General, Adelaide, South Australia, to Vida Ella Arndt. Death: 24 January 1966 at Dover Heights, Sydney, New South Wales. Religion: Anglican burial service. 

  • Arrived in New South Wales about 1904.
  • Worked his way through Sydney University, graduating BA in 1914 and BEc in 1916.
  • In 1913 was secretary of Australian Socialist Party in Sydney.
  • Moved to Adelaide where he joined Industrial Workers of the World. Was South Australian correspondent of the Truth newspaper. Prominent in anti-conscription struggles in Adelaide. Arrested under War Precautions Act.
  • Secretary, SA branch of Communist Party of Australia in 1921.
  • Travelled to England aboard the Ormonde in 1925. Had returned to Sydney by 1930. Worked there as painter for the rest of his life.
  • Cause of death: myocardial ischaemia.

International Socialist, 20 December 1913, p 4; 60 Years of Struggle, vol 2; Moss, 1985; Moss, 1983.

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'Christopherson, Hans (1886–1966)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 13 June 2024.

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24 January, 1966 (aged ~ 80)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Cause of Death

heart disease

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