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Reminiscences of the Manx Labour Movement

Date(s): 1962

Creator(s): Teare, Alfred James

Scope & Content: Handwritten version of Alderman Alfred Teare's book of the same title printed in October 1962. Lists the people involved in the early formation of the Labour movement on the Isle of Man and covers subjects such as the first official Labour candidate for the Keys (Walter Clucas Craine in 1908), the Shop Hours Act, founding and organising of the Workers Union and the struggle to establish an old age pension on the Island. Home Secretary Winston Churchill was petitioned directly regarding the pension but the petition was returned because protocol required it be submitted viat the Lt Governor Lord Raglan.

Teare covers the campaign for cheaper bread on the Island in 1917, the 1918 Bread Strike and passing the pricing of the ninepenny loaf. He describes the first Labour Party Conference and list of speakers at Salisbury Hall, Douglas on 7 September 1918. There is detailed information about Labour candidates at the 1919 and 1924 elections including Mrs Annie Bridson and Mrs Marion Shimmin. The origins of the Winter Work Schemes are explained with provisions for employment for men after the First World War and for school leavers. Also included is information about justice for the disabled. Teare ends with a tribute to Deemster W P Cowley.

Language: English

Extent: 1 volume

Item name: memoirs

Collection: Manuscript Archive

Level: ITEM

ID number: MS 06223

Retrieval number: MD 15021

Record class: Private

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