Historical information

The Ballarat Trades and Labour Council was formed in May 1882 and known as the Eight Hours Anniversary Committee. The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council has been in existence from 1883 to the present day.

Significance

The minutes are a core historical source of information from the inception of BTLC, representing the history of unionism in the Ballarat region. The minutes include items relating to industrial campaigns, social justice and of political significance to the region.

Physical description

Hard cover (bound); 12 volumes. Vol 1: 6 April 1883-17 April 1885 - heading Eight Hours Anniversary Committee. Vol 2: 20 April 1885-14 May 1886 - heading Trades Hall and Literary Institute. Vol 3: 11 June 1886-9 November 1888 Vol 4: 14 December 1888-5 December 1890 Vol 5: 19 December-1 April 1898 Vol 6: 6 October-5 March 1909 Vol 7: 19 March 1909-16 February 1912 Vol 8: 1 March 1912-8 March 1917 - Melbourne Trades Hall Directory June 1912 pasted in front. Vol 9: 22 March 1917-8 August 1929 - Melbourne Trades Hall Directory May 1917 pasted in front. Vol 10: 22 August 1929-15 July 1937. Vol 11: 29 July 1937-6 June 1946. Vol 12: 20 June 1946-1 November 1951.