Burgess, Fred

First name/s: Fred
Last name: Burgess
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Date of birth:
Year of birth: 0

Life before Ruskin

Date and place of birth: c 1863, London

Family:  Father’s occupation, cheesemonger

Work:  ‘Shopman’ (1881 census)

Politics/Trade union activity:

Trade Union membership (at time of entry to Ruskin)

Life at Ruskin

Dates at Ruskin: 1900

Source of funding:  not known

Campaigns/political activity:  Founder of Ruskin Hall Fraternal League

Subjects studied at Ruskin:  Standard syllabus



Life after Ruskin


Work:  working as a commercial travel immediately after leaving Ruskin

Politics/trade union activity:  Member of ILP and SDF.  Supported Plebs League.

Family:  Not known

Place & date of death: Not known

Date of death:
Year of death: 0

Achievements / Publications

He was active in the Plebs League and the setting up of the Central Labour College (according to William Craik) and fund-raising for the move to the CLC (according to George Melhuish).

Publication:   ‘The Higher Life at Ruskin Hall’, Young Oxford, 1.8, May 1900, 23-4

Material in archives or already published articles


Notes on Image/s

Comment of contributor/s and sources

Fred Burgess is mentioned frequently in RHFL News in Young Oxford (1900-02).  Also in W W Craik, Central Labour College (Lawrence and Wishart 1964, pp 82 and 101), and in George Melhuish, ‘The Early Days at Ruskin’, The Plebs, 2 February 1935, p29.


Janet Vaux

created 22/02/2015 at 12:52 pm, updated 02/03/2015 at 12:05 pm

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