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“SHORTY” JONES

Jones and his friend Tommy Morrison lived on the Workers Art Club (WAC) premises until 1935. They had been deported interstate for taking part in the 1930 "Darwin rebellion" when 100 unemployed, demanding sustenance instead of the dole, marched on Government House, raised the Red Flag and went hoarse singing its anthem. ("Bluey" Mahoney planted the Red Flag on top of Darwin Town Hall.) After moving out of the WAC he and Morrison did good business as ‘SS’ (shit shooters/street photographers) in Market Street.

Only 5’6” tall but a ball of muscle, Jones was a boy in the British Navy during the First World War, landed in Australia as a merchant seaman, and drifted around the Northern Territory.

After the Second World War 70-year-old Jones took off for Queensland on a motor scooter.



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