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); 6 volumes Vol 1: 1 June 1883-28 November 1884. Vol 2: 5 December 1884-13 March 1886. Vol 3: 9 March 1888-26 July 1889. (MISSING) Vol 4: 6 February-1891-13 January 1921 - includes minutes of the Ballarat District Anti-Corruption League, 22 November 1917-6 December 1917; finance committee, 6 February 1891-14 June 1893; Ballarat Eight Hour Committee, 23 January 1918-13 January 1921 (see also Vol 5 Ballarat Federal Labor Campaign Council, 5 June 1920). Vol 5: 9 December 1889-17 August 1922 - includes minutes of Eight Hours Committee, 26 January 1921-14 April 1921 (see also Vol 4 reports made to Council by various committees, 9 December 1889-21 October 1892). Vol 6: 16 November 1950-28 May 1953 - includes minutes of Labor Day Committee 28 January 1950-8 March 1951. Vol 7: 1890 - Maritime Strike - Minutes of meetings, correspondence, balance sheets.