The twelve gaoled I.W.W. men ---
Top row (l. to r.): John Hamilton, Peter Larkin, Joseph Fagin, Wm. Teen
Middle row (l. to r.): Donald Grant, Benjamin King, Thomas Glynn, Donald McPherson
Bottom row (l.to r.): Thomas Moore, Charles Reeve, William Beattie, B.Bob Besant
See Chapter 18 and Appendix 3(d)
The Irish folk singer, Andy Irvine, composed a song about the IWW Twelve, called Gladiators. The song is on the Way Out Yonder album released in March 2001. The chorus to the song goes:
Gladiators of the Working Class, heroes of mine
Who travelled down this dark road long before my time
Your actions and the words you spoke are shining in my mind
As Iím blowing down this old dusty road.
Visit his website to read the lyrics to the song:
Tom Barker was interviewed by EC Fry, which was published as Tom Barker and the IWW by the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History in 1965. This contains much information on the organisation of the IWW in Australia, including the IWW Twelve (Chapter 6). It is available on the Australian IWW website at:
My Union Right or Wrong.
A history of the Ship Painters and Dockers Union 1900-1932
By Issy Wyner