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James Henry (Jimmy) Crimes (1878–1967)

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James Henry (Jimmy) Crimes (1878-1967) fitter and turner, Socialist, trade union official 

Birth: August 1878 at Coppenhall Monks, Crewe, Cheshire, England, son of Thomas Crimes (1852-1929), iron founder, and Elizabeth A., née Partin (1854-1935) Marriage: 12 June 1905 at Coppenhall Monks, to Mary Ellen Bowser (1880-1972). Death: 26 September 1967 at Adelaide, South Australia. 

  • Apprenticed at the London and North Western Railway in January 1893.
  • Joined Branch of Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU), Crewe, England, in 1897, becoming check book keeper. Active member of British Socialist Party, ILP [Independent Labour Party] — secretary of West Crewe electorate ward. Member of Clarion Cycling Club carrying socialist message to British countryside.
  • Arrived aboard the Orsova in Sydney, New South Wales, on 1 February 1912, and travelled to Adelaide, SA, where his wife and son arrived aboard the Geelong on 17 December 1912.
  • Corresponded with Keir Hardie after arrival in Australia. Joined Adelaide branch of AEU. Immediately elected to Adelaide District Council and was delegate to Trades and Labour Council, where he moved resolution calling for establishment of grand council of Australian Trade Unions (later became known as ACTU).
  • Secretary of Adelaide No 2 Branch of AEU from 1914 to 1926.

AEU Monthly Journal
, December 1958

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'Crimes, James Henry (Jimmy) (1878–1967)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 14 July 2024.

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August, 1878
Monks Coppenhall, Cheshire, England


26 September, 1967 (aged 89)
Adelaide, South Australia, Australia

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