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John Dias
John Dias

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A plaque with bas relief portrait commemorates unionist John Dias. 

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 (ASCJ). He became President, then Secretary of the Victorian Branch of the ASCJ.

A bronze memorial tablet to the memory of John S. Dias, formerly secretary of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, has been unveiled at the Lygon Street entrance to the Melbourne Trades Hall.  The late Mr. Dias won one of the gallant little company of the Royal Tars, who adventured from Australia to form a new colony in Paraguay, under a communistic regime. The venture failed, and Dias returned to Australia. 
Labor Daily (Sydney),  29 April 1927.


Address:Victoria & Lygon Streets, Trades Hall, Carlton, 3053
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.806389
Long: 144.015833
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:April-1927
Front Inscription

Born May 11 1861 Died August 13 1924
A Man Whose Every Endeavour
Was In The Cause Of The Worker
And To Uplift Humanity - A Token
Of Respect From Those Who Knew Mim

Source: MA
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