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Casual workers- London Docks

Postby Tessa25 » Tue Mar 01, 2011 12:06 pm

Is there any way of locating casual workers in the London Docks - my ancestors lived and worked in the area in early to mid 20th century. I know that at least two generations belonged to a trade union. One of my ancestors was Terry Smith, the other was Percy Hammond.
Any help anyone can give me would be very much appreciated.
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Re: Casual workers- London Docks

Postby steve bannister 1 » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:52 am

Hi Tessa,

There have been several books written on the London Docklands, I've got one somewhere, as my ex's Father was a Stevedore there. A Google search should produce a few.

You can also contact the London Docklands Museum, or visit the website at


You'll also find information about casual dock workers, and in particular about the 1889 Dockers Strike for support for casual workers, here;

...and here

All of these sites have loads of links for further information.

Good Luck,

BAPTISTE - Tobago, then moved to Glasgow in 1870's
YOUNG - Glasgow
GALLER - Austria
DEASE - Ireland (Westmeath/Meath/Coole/Kildare)
BEARDMORE - Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire
HAIGH - London (Originally Halifax, Yorkshire)
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