George Loveless

George Loveless (1797-1874) was an English ploughman, community leader and Wesleyan preacher of exemplary character. In 1833 he helped form the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers to resist wage cuts. He and the unionís other leaders were transported to the Australian colonies. They were pardoned in 1836. Loveless returned home, became a Chartist and migrated to Canada. Courtesy Australian Dictionary of Biography


18 March 1834

Tolpuddle Martyrs arrive

Six convicts from Tolpuddle in Dorset, England, arrive in Australia. Their crime was to unlawfully administer oaths of loyalty to the Friendly Society of Agricultural Labourers, established to fight continuing wage reductions. Their ideas are influential in the Australian colonies.


Every body's album and caricature magazine. No 8, London, 1834.