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The Twelve Gaoled IWW 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 ( r.): Thomas Moore, Charles Reeve, William Beattie, B.Bob Besant 

See Chapter 18 and Appendix 3(d)


For More Information:


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 I'm blowing down this old dusty road.

Visit his website here 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:


Strike not for a few cents more an hour, because the price of living will be raised faster still, but strike for all you earn, be content with nothing less.

Lucy Parsons, IWW

Our Mission

The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

Our Mission

Our Vision

Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

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