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Jacob (Jack) Hyman (1857–1916)

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Jacob, known as John or 'Jack' Hyman (1857-1916) bootmaker, trade union leader 

Birth: 29 November 1857 at 3 Drum Yard, Whitechapel, London, England, son of Abraham Hyman (1823-1891), furrier, and Catherine, née Myers (1826-1877). Marriage: 1886 in East Melbourne Synagogue, Victoria, to Caroline Lazarus (1864-1898). They had three daughters and two sons. Death: 23 May 1916 at his home in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Religion: Jewish. 

  • One of a family of seven, his eldest brother held a prominent position in the London press and all three of the boys in the family were prominent in reform movements.
  • Trained as a bootmaker and worked in his trade at Mile End, London. Reached Sydney as an assisted immigrant aboard the Northampton on 21 October 1882. Joined Operative Bootmakers’ Society in January 1884.
  • Moved to Victoria in 1886. Delegate of Operative Bootmakers’ Society to Trades Hall Council and Eight Hours Committee, Victoria. President and secretary of the Operative Bootmakers’ Society.
  • Secretary of the Eight Hours’ Anniversary Committee and president, 1896. President of Trades Hall Council.
  • President of first Political and Labor League, Victoria.
  • Member of the Commission on Unemployment appointed by the McLean Government.
  • Cause of death: cardiac disease and Brights disease.

H. J. Gibbney and A. G. Smith, A Biographical Register 1788-1939, vol 1 (Canberra, 1987); W. E. Murphy, History of the Eight Hour Movement, Spectator Publicity Co. Ltd., Vol. 1 (Melbourne, 1896); Tocsin (Melbourne), 20 April 1899, profile p 4: [] & illustrations, p 5 []; Labor Call (Melbourne), 22 April 1909, p 15 ]] 23 April 1914 p 13.

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  • photo, Labor Call (Melbourne), 22 April 1909, p 15

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'Hyman, Jacob (Jack) (1857–1916)', People Australia, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, accessed 23 July 2024.

© Copyright Labour Australia, 2012

Jacob Hyman, 1899

Jacob Hyman, 1899

Tocsin (Melbourne), 20 April 1899, p 5

Life Summary [details]

Alternative Names
  • Hyman, John

30 November, 1857
London, Middlesex, England


23 May, 1916 (aged 58)
Fitzroy, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Cause of Death

kidney disease

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