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John Dias
John Dias

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Dias was a founder of the Queensland Shearers’ Union and an organiser during the great Queensland shearers’ dispute of the early 1890s.

With the defeat of the shearers, following the defeat of the unions in the maritime dispute shortly before, and the then deep depression, some in the Australian working class, led by William Lane, decided that Australia would never become a workingmen’s paradise. They therefore decided to start afresh by establishing an utopian settlement in Paraguay, South America. Dias was one of Lane’s followers.

In Melbourne, Dias resumed his career as a carpenter and his activity in the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners. He became President, then Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the ASCJ.


Address:Lygon Street, Trades Hall, Carlton, 3053
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.806389
Long: 144.015833
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


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John Dias Born May 11 1861 Died August 13 1924 A man whose every endeavour was in the cause if the worker and to uplift humanity - a token of respect from those who knew him

Source: MA
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