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Husband: George Wilson Hall
Born: ABT 1836 at: Brighton, England Married: at: Died: 21 Sep 1916 at: Melbourne, Victoria Father: Mother: Other Spouses: Mary Hughes Juliet May Worthington
Wife: Marianne Burton
Born: at: Died: at: Father: Mother: Other Spouses:
Name: Alfred George Hall Born: 1862 at: Staf. Victoria Married: at: Died: at: Spouses:
Name: Arthur Wilson Hall Born: 1872 at: Collingwood, Victoria Married: at: Died: at: Spouses: Jean Sim Barnett

George Wilson Hall

Image scanned from the preface page of his book

'The Book of Keli or the Chronicle of the Kelly


HALL, GEORGE WILSON (1836-1916), Trade Unionist, journalist & 
poltician, was born at Brighton, England, wher his father was an agent
for the British & Foreign Bible Society. He arrived in Melbourne in 
1853 and later became a compositor. In 1873 he was Secretary of the 
Melbourne Typographical Society and editor of its 'Australasian 
Typographical Journal'. Unable to win worthwhile support and 
continually involved in petty disputes with employers, the society 
tried to improve its bargaining power through collective action with 
other workers. In July 1874 Hall called an inaugural meeting of the 
Trades & Labor Council. Though it failed to win major objectives and by
1875 was almost defunct, Hall as its secretary gained some prominence 
in October by organising a public meeting to protest against the 
jailing of two tanners at Castlemaine. he also seconded a motion by 
Thomas Bent which called for a system of arbitration. the government 
seemed prepared to discuss proposals for courts of consiliation but 
nothing was achieved.
In 1878 Hall left his union post to become editor-proprietor of the 
'Mansfield Guardian'. A few months later when the Kelly gang shot 
three police from Mansfield, Hall published a pamphlet, 'The Kelly Gang
or the Outlaws of the Wombat Ranges' (Mansfield, 1879). Next year he 
moved to Benalla and covered the capture of the Kellys at Glenrowan for
the Melbourne Argus and his own Benalla Standard. Police handling of 
the Kellys led Hall to agitate for an inquiry into the police force 
which in 1881 was setup with Hall as a commisioner.
Hall was elected for the Moira seat in the Legaslative Assembly in July
1880. He had long been concerned at the prevalence of sweating in the 
printing industry & gave ijnfluential support to the printers' public 
campaign for factory reform. In May 1883, at the request of W.C. Smith 
, Hall joined the enlarged Royal Commision on shop employees and with 
officials of the Typographical Society lobbied for new legislation. 
Although active in parliament Hall held no portfolio but was a whip for
the Service-Berry, Munro & Sheils ministries. He was also a staunch 
advocate for temperance.
From about 1886 Hall was a leader of the country section of the Liberal
-protectionists in the Deakin-Gillies coalition. In 1887-88 Hall held 
that more was to be gained by staying with the government than by 
opposition but at the 1889 election he announced his breakaway and, 
backed by the Victorian Farmers Protection Association, won the new 
seat of Shepparton and Euroa. Although he did not always maintain an 
independent position he was prominent in extracting budgetary 
concessions from the government in 1889 on behalf of farmers. He lost 
his seat in 1891 & went on an official lecture-tour of England to 
attract migrants to Victoria. After attempting in vain to re-enter 
parliament in 1894 and 1897 he retired from public life. He was married
first to Marian Burton, second to Mary Juliet Worthington and third to 
Mary Hughes. he died in Melbourne on 21 September 1916 aged 80, 
survived by his widow and by three sons of the first marriage; two 
children of the second marriage pre-deceased him. 


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