Henry Hains

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Henry Hains

North Side

Name added to memorial 1918

He was nominated by the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners and the Amalgamated Timber Workers Union

Henry Hains is the son of John Hains. He was born in Port Adelaide on October 28 1849 and died August 12 1916 in Port Adelaide.

Henry was a member of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners from 1870 for 35 years, an officer for 31 years and a Secretary for 26 years. On his death he was referee and trustee of the Port Adelaide Branch.

Henry was also

  • Secretary of the Port Adelaide Working Men’s Association from its inception.
  • Secretary of the Old Maritime Council in Port Adelaide for 3 years
  • President on the 8 Hours Day Committee
  • Member of the Maritime Union for 47 years
  • President of the Coasting Seamen’s Union
  • First Secretary of the District Labor Party of Port Adelaide.

Contemporary press clippings:

Mr. Henry Hains.

Mr. Henry Hains, a well-known resident of Port Adelaide, died at his residence, Lipson street, on Saturday, at the age of 66 years. He was a native of the seaport, having been born there in 1850, and was educated at the schools conducted by the late Mr. J. T. King and Mr. H. Dallison, and later at the Pulteney Street School under the Rev. W. S. Moore. Mr. Hains served an apprenticeship in the carpentering and joinery trade, and shortly after wards went to sea. Subsequently he visited the Northern Territory goldfields, and after returning to Port Adelaide re-entered his trade. The deceased was a prominent trade unionist. In 1879 he joined the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, and was three times President of the Coasting Seamen's Union before its amalgamation with the South Australian Seamen's Union. He was the first Secretary of the district Labour Party in Port Adelaide, Secretary to the Maritime Council for three years, and Secretary to the maritime strike committee in 1890. For some years Mr. Hains was a Councillor in the Semaphore Corporation. He was a member of the Ancient Order of Foresters for 50 years, and of the Manchester Unity of Oddfellows for 47 years. He has left a widow, five sons, four daughters, and seven grandchildren. Two sons, Messrs. C. L. and H. J. Hains, are with the colours abroad, and another son, Mr. Ernest Hains, is in camp in New Zealand.

The Observer, August 19 1916