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Commemorates the Trade Union Official and Politician.

John Barnes was president of the Australian Workers Union from 1924 until his death. In the Scullin government he was assistant minister for works in 1929-31, and vice-president of the Executive Council in 1931-32; his policies were moderate, and he faithfully supported the prime minister. He was party leader in the Senate from 1932 until defeated in the 1935 election.

He was re-elected in 1937 but, after a long illness, died of cancer in the Mercy Hospital, East Melbourne.

In his days at Ballarat, he, A. N. McKissock and J. McNeill were known as the `Three Musketeers of the Trades Hall`. They made a pact that when one of them died, the survivors would plant a Cootamundra wattle on the grave, and the union would do the same for the last of the trio. In July 1938 McNeill planted a wattle by Barnes`s grave, where another memorial was erected by the A.W.U. in 1943.


Address:College Crescent , Melbourne General Cemetery, Parkville, 3052
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.79
Long: 144.949722
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:People
Sub-Theme:Government - Federal


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1943
Source: MA,ADB
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