The history of Henry Jones Art Hotel
Who is Henry Jones?
Committed, hardworking and dedicated, a man of foresight and will, a creative thinker and a visionary. Henry Jones was all this and more.
At 12 years of age, Henry Jones' first job was pasting labels on jam tins for 60 hours a week for George Peacock—his first and only employer, and one of the colony’s most successful businessmen. Henry worked diligently until, at the age of 27, he had sufficiently impressed George Peacock and saved enough to purchase a share of the factory. He took ownership of the business around 1895, and the company became H. Jones & Co. Pty. Ltd. IXL.
Over the next 30 years, Henry would build an industrial empire spanning five continents, with interests in jam, fruit, timber, mining and shipping. Henry Jones’ company motto ‘IXL’ is said to have evolved from Henry’s own ethos: ‘I excel in everything that I do’. It has become an instantly recognisable brand name that captures the essence of the man, his life and his legacy.
Henry Jones was one of Australia’s most successful businessmen. By the time of his sudden death in 1926, he had become the first Tasmanian to be knighted, the biggest private employer in Tasmania, head of the largest private company in Australia and a global exporter of his own product, and yet he remained a humble man who hoped to be known simply as ‘Jam Tin Harry’.
Ten thousand mourners crowded the Cornelian Bay Cemetery on the day of Henry Jones’ funeral—testifying to the intense loyalty he elicited from his employees, and the enduring affection and friendship he inspired in his peers.
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