Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Hibernian Society Members in 1932

Academic journal article Journal of the Australian Catholic Historical Society

Hibernian Society Members in 1932

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NSW Stale Records at Kingswood holds a list of all members of the 'Australian Hibernian Catholic Group' as at 30 June 1932. The records are part of the valuation returns of the Registry of Friendly Societies, and their call number is X792.

It seems that the Registry embarked on an annual membership 'census'. each year focusing on a different society. Apart from the Hibernians in 1932 others included are the National Independent Order of Oddfellows (1931), the Grand United Order of Oddfellows (1933) and the Protestant Alliance Friendly Society (1934).

The returns for the Hibernian Society are arranged by branch (parish) and each record shows the member's full name, occupation, marital status, year of birth, and year of admission to the Society. They list the weekly contributions to the sick fund and funeral fund. In addition if a man's wife was registered then her date of birth (but not name) is shown.

Around 152 branches are recorded, and members are mostly farmers taxi working people, with occupations such as railway employees, shop assistants, tradesmen, clerks and labourers. The branches are identified by the church name and branch number, but in most cases there is a covering letter containing the branch secretary's name and address, which helps to identify the locality. …

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