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Loveless, George (1797–1874), leader of the ‘Tolpuddle martyrs’, was born in Tolpuddle, Dorset, on 2 February 1797, the seventh of the ten surviving children of Thomas Loveless (1762–1838), a labourer, and his wife, Dinah, née Stickland (1768–1809). From boyhood he worked on local farms and became a Methodist lay preacher. He married, on 26 December 1824, ...

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Tolpuddle Martyrs [Dorchester Labourers, Six Men of Dorset] (act. 1834–c. 1845), agricultural labourers and trade unionists from the village of Tolpuddle in Dorset, became famous as victims of injustice, whose sentences of transportation caused a public outcry in 1834.

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Tolpuddle Martyrs (act. 1834–c. 1845) by unknown engraver, pubd 1838 [Tolpuddle Martyrs (act. 1834–c.1845) [the five who returned from Australia in March 1838, left to right, above]: James Brine (1812–1902), "Thomas Standfield (1789–1864), John Standfield (1812–1898), and James Loveless (1808–1873); and (centre, below) George Loveless (1797–1874)] Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales