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Unions Ballarat represents the history of unionism in the Ballarat region. Its collection includes items relating to industrial campaigns and of political significance to the region. The collection is comprised of a variety of formats - for example, plaques, correspondence, agendas, minutes, memorabilia, photographs and other artefacts dating from the 1800s.

The Unions Ballarat is the second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, founded in 1883 on the back of the Ballarat Eight Hour Committees established in 1856.

Trades Hall helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of our affiliated unions.

The Unions Ballarat building is the home of the Trade Union movement in Ballarat and the centrepiece of the historic Camp Street precinct.

It is a building with a rich history, built for and still owned by Ballarat Unionists. Ballarat can be justifiably proud of its Trades Hall which was built in 1887-88 by Trade Union members. It still remains the hub of Trade Union activities in the Ballarat region today.

Contact Information

location
24 Camp Street Ballarat Victoria 3350
phone
+61 5332 3666

Contact

Opening Hours

Unions Ballarat is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and the archivist is usually at the Hall Tuesday-Thursday. If you wish to view any archival objects, you must make an appointment by phoning 5332 3666. If you are not able to attend an appointment you made, please let us know as soon as you can. We are able to carry out information searches for you. If you wish to avail yourself of this service, it is important to provide enough detail for us to make a meaningful search. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms - for example, there are two organisations in union history who have used the initials AEU (Australian Education Union and Amalgamated Engineering Union). Please note that as the collection is administered by volunteers, there may be a short delay in our reply.

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Location

24 Camp Street Ballarat Victoria

The collection includes items relating to industrial campaigns and of political significance to the region. The collection is comprised of a variety of formats - for example, plaques, correspondence, agendas, minutes, memorabilia, photographs and other artefacts dating from the 1800s.

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681 items

Lazarus rising: a personal and political autobiography (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 711 pages. Dustjacket: colour photograph of John Howard; white and gold lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Personal and political autobiography of John Winston Howard. Howard was Prime Minister of Australia from 1996-2007. His government was defeated by Kevin Rudd/ALP in 2007; he simultaneously lost the seat of Bennelong to Maxine McKew.

Significance

Politics - Australia. Autobiographical interest - John Howard.

Photograph: Senator Peter Walsh and Norm Borchers

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

The photo is taken at John Mildren's farewell from office (member for Ballarat from 1980-1990). Norm Borchers (left side) and Senator Peter Walsh (right side). Third person, unknown. Peter Walsh was an Australian senator from 1974 to 1990. He served as Minister for Resources and Energy from 1983 to 1984 and Finance Minister from 1984 to 1990. Norm Borchers passed away in 2008. Borchers was a Club President of the Sebastopol Lions Club (1975-76). He worked for the railways as an engineering employee and was long-term trade unionist (Amalgamated Engineering Union and the Australian Railways Union) and ALP member; he lived and worked in the Ballarat area. Norm was active in workplace disputes during the ALP split in 1955. He was a long time supporter of Ballarat Trades Hall.

Shitstorm (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 278 pages. Cover: colour photograph of Lindsay Tanner, Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swann and Julia Gillard; orange neon and white lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

The book covers the actions and strategies of the Rudd-Gillard government during the 2008 global financial crisis.

Significance

Politics and government - Australia. Australian and world economy.

AFMEU Occupational Health and Safety Manual 1994

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book.

Historical information

Automotive, Food, Metal & Engineering Union (AFMEU). The AFMEU has existed under various names over time. After many amalgamations, it is currently under the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU). An historical timeline for the union(s) can be found at http://www.vicunions.org.au/affiliates

Significance

Historical document. Significant to occupational health and safety, particularly for members of the AFMEU and people working in the automobile industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and year. Back cover: advertising.

Bank book of the "Shipping Strike Fund"

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Bank book (1 volume) Paper

Historical information

The 1890 Maritime Strike: marine officers walked out because shipowners would not negotiate terms and conditions of employment whilst the Mercantile Marine Officers' Association was affiliated with the Victorian Trades Hall Council. Union officials proposed to disaffiliate on the condition that employers would agree to meet and reach a compromise with union delegates. The shipowners refusal to meet triggered strike action.

Significance

The Maritime Strike demonstrates an historical example of an employer's attempt to undermine workplace unionism. Parallels (i.e. employers attempting to weaken union power) have been drawn between this and the Australian waterfront dispute of 1998.

The Jack Dyer story: The legend of captain blood (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 342 pages. Cover: artistic impression of Richmond and Essendon players; red and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Jack Dyer played for Richmond Football Club (VFL) between for 21 years. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and later became a coach and then a media commentator. A biography, as told to Brian Hansen.

Significance

Sports - Australian Rules Football. Biographical interest.

Ramming the shears : the rise and demise of the Australian shearer and his culture

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 136 pages. White cover with one colour photograph and two images of the Eureka Flag; black lettering; title and author name.

Historical information

The story of what was once the largest Australian union. The Shearers' Union was started by David Temple in 1886 in Ballarat. This union ultimately became the AWU from which the ALP evolved.

Significance

Relevant to unions in the Ballarat region, particularly the Shearers' Union.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed on title page: "To Graeme Shearer, [donor's name illegible], 04/09/2004."

A Politics of Poetry: Reconstituting Social Democracy (Australia, strategies for renewal series)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book

Historical information

Australian left-wing political culture 1976-1990.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and authors' names. Cover is green, black and white.

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Bob Hawke, Prime Minister of Australia

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Bob Hawke is a former president of the ACTU and was Prime Minister of Australia from 1983-1991. Norm Borchers passed away in 2008. Borchers was a Club President of the Sebastopol Lions Club (1975-76). He worked for the railways as an engineering employee and was long-term trade unionist (Amalgamated Engineering Union and the Australian Railways Union) and ALP member; he lived and worked in the Ballarat area. Norm was active in workplace disputes during the ALP split in 1955. He was a long time supporter of Ballarat Trades Hall.

Inscriptions & Markings

Signed by Bob Hawke: "To Norm, Best Wishes, Bob Hawke".

Photograph: Frank and Rosalie Sheehan

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Frank and Rosalie Sheehan The photograph was taken at a memorial luncheon for the late Norm Borchers. The event was held at Sebastopol Bowling Club and Frank Sheehan was a guest speaker. Norm Borchers passed away in 2008. Borchers was a Club President of the Sebastopol Lions Club (1975-76). He worked for the railways as an engineering employee and was long-term trade unionist (Amalgamated Engineering Union and the Australian Railways Union) and ALP member; he lived and worked in the Ballarat area. Norm was active in workplace disputes during the ALP split in 1955. He was a long time supporter of Ballarat Trades Hall. Frank Sheehan was the state member for Ballarat South, serving from 1982-1992. Rosalie Sheehan is his wife.

Eureka songs : freedom, struggle, protest and peace : a collection of songs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade 3 December, 1854

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: sky blue background with images of clouds; image of the Southern Cross flag; blue text.

Historical information

Songs are written by various artists. The songs are a continuation of the aims of the Ballarat Reform League, founded by Ballarat miners in November 1854.

Significance

Historical relevance - Eureka Stockade and beyond.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: editor's name and title.

You can negotiate anything (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 255 pages. Dust jacket: white background; black graphic of a man; black and red lettering; author's name and title. Cover: red cloth; white lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

Self help and skills-based advice about how to negotiate.

Significance

Training and self improvement.

Melbourne's missing chronicle: Being the journal of preparations for departure to and proceedings at Port Philip by John Pascoe Fawkner (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 108 pages. Dust jacket (with plastic covering): black and red background; reproduction of a page from Fawkner's journals; black and white lettering; editor's and authors' names and title. Cover:

Historical information

John Pascoe Fawkner was an early settler in Port Philip Bay and (disputably) identified himself as having founded Melbourne. A journal that includes observation of the social life and customs of the period.

Significance

Autobiographical and historical (Melbourne).

Inscriptions & Markings

Remainder sale mark.

National Tertiary Education Union: A most unlikely union

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book; 351 pages. Front cover: white background; red, white and blue text; black and white photo of NTEU members (including Ryan Hsu of Swinburne University) protesting with the Australian Education Union in 2012. Back cover: red and black text.

Historical information

The NTEU was formed out of the amalgamation of ACUSA and FAUSA in the 1990s. It represents academic, general/professional and research staff, ELICOS/TESOL teachers and staff of research institutes, student unions, university companies, and (in Victoria) TAFE general staff and staff in Adult & Community Education. It is a smaller union in comparison to AEU.

Significance

Significant to union representation and rights within the post-secondary education sector.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title. Back cover: recommendations by Simon Marginson and Raewyn Connell; author bio and summary of content.

Who are our enemies? : racism and the Australian working class

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: red background; image of a white spanner - black and white picture shaped like a nut; black text.

Historical information

Tracks racism and discrimination towards the lower-classes, Indigenous persons and immigrants in Australia.

Significance

Significant to the history of race relations in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: editors' names and title.

The rise and fall of Alan Bond

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Alan Bond was a high-profile businessman and former Australian of the Year, known for his role in the successful America's Cup (1983) yacht race and the formation of Bond University. Bond served four years in prison following a criminal conviction; he was also declared bankrupt in 1992.

Significance

Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: black background; two black and white photographs of Alan Bond; red and grey lettering.

Chifley: A life

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: black and white photograph of Chifley; blue, black and yellow lettering.

Historical information

Biography of Ben Chifley who served as leader of the Labor Party; he was Prime Minister post-World War II (from 1945 to 1949).

Significance

Relevant to Australia's political history and to the history of the ALP. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name; title; quotation from Shaun Carney, "The Age".

Photograph: Sheryl Garbutt at Creswick Landcare Centre

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Sheryl Garbutt at Creswick Landcare Centre The picture is taken at an ALP lunch. There are several unidentified people (sitting) in the photograph. Sheryl Garbutt is standing on the right hand side. Ms Garbutt was electorate officer to Pauline Toner. She won the state seat of Greensborough at a by-election and subsequently was elected as member for Bundoora. She held several shadow ministry positions and, after the election of the Bracks Government, Ms Garbutt served as a cabinet minister. She retired in 2006.

Photograph: Frank and Rosalie Sheehan & Sharon Knight

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Frank and Rosalie Sheehan & Sharon Knight This photograph was taken at the Norm Borchers Memorial Luncheon. Frank Sheehan was the state member for Ballarat South, serving from 1982-1992. Rosalie Sheehan is his wife. Sharon Knight (middle) was successor to Karen Overington. Knight is now the state member for Wendouree. She has a background in health and community sectors, including having managed Lifeline in Ballarat. At the time the photo was taken Knight was the candidate for Ballarat West. Norm Borchers passed away in 2008. Borchers was a Club President of the Sebastopol Lions Club (1975-76). He worked for the railways as an engineering employee and was long-term trade unionist (Amalgamated Engineering Union and the Australian Railways Union) and ALP member; he lived and worked in the Ballarat area. Norm was active in workplace disputes during the ALP split in 1955. He was a long time supporter of Ballarat Trades Hall.

Strange Birds in Paradise : A West Papuan Story

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

DVD

Historical information

Blurb from the back: While the Indonesian army continues to dominate the indigenous inhabitants of West Papua, Hill-Smith records the fate of West Papuans trying to maintain village life against a backdrop of covert military violence. In the West Papuan highlands, Hill-Smith - an Australian writer, cartoonist and comedian - hears stories of escape, oppression and exile and listens to the defiant songs of murdered musician and independence hero Arnold Ap. Together with friends Donny Roem, a recent exile, and Jacob Rumbiak, a child soldier in the West Papuan resistance movement, Hill-Smith returns to Melbourne to record outlawed folk songs with renowned Australian rock musicologist David Bridie. An extraordinary story of an imaginative, adaptable culture confronting tyranny with the joyful power of art, music and self-expression.

Significance

Relevant to the history of West Papua and the Indonesian military presence and violence. Use of music to draw attention to the issues faced by West Papua.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Title, rating (M), picture of winged West Papuan Man with guitar, "Winner Best Doco SBS IF award 2010". Back cover: Precis of content, website for producer company, names of contributors, directors, editors, etc.

Strikes : studies in twentieth century Australian social history

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: white background; black and white image of a strike rally; red and black lettering.

Historical information

The author documents and analyses case studies of eleven strikes and lockouts from 1911 to 1968.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the labor movement and industrial action in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: editors' names and title.

Suffrage to sufferance : a hundred years of women in politics (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 210 pages. Front cover: blue background; one black and white photo of Janine Haines; two colour photos; white and blue lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

The book covers the period from women's being granted suffrage in New Zealand to the present. Includes accounts from known and unknown women about the fight for a variety of rights such as property ownership, child custody, representation in parliaments and equal pay.

Significance

Political and women's rights. Janine Haynes was a South Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Democrats from 1986 to 1990.

A Gippsland union : the Victorian Coal Miners Association 1893-1915

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: old black and white picture of miners with their banner; white text.

Historical information

Members of the Victorian Coal Miners Association, were locked out of the Jumbunna Coal Mine in 1903. The book charts the long battle between capital and labour that lasted seventy weeks.

Significance

Significant to union history - particularly the Victorian Coal Miners Association - and industrial action.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author name and title.

Common ground: Issues that should bind and not divide us (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 267 pages. Dustjacket: blue background; colour photograph of Malcolm Fraser; white and black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Written by Malcolm Fraser who was a Liberal Party Prime Minister from 1975-1983. Chapter titles: 1. A Liberal's Approach 2. High Noon for Globalisation 3. Australia in the World 4. Sovereignty, International Law and Global Cooperation 5. The United Nations: Between Sovereignty and Global Governance 6. Human Rights and Responsibilities: Do We Live in a Humane World 7. Reconciliation: The Past We Need to Understand 8. Multiculturism

Significance

Global and local politics and social issues.

The politician who laughed (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 131 pages. Cover: black; white lettering; author's name and title on the spine. Dust jacket: blue background; black and white caricatures; white and black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Anecdotal humour about Federal politicians and parliament. Fred Daly was a long-serving member of the House of Representatives (1943-1975). He was a cabinet minister at the time of the Whitlam ALP government (1972-1975).

Significance

Political infotainment.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscription inside page: "To dearest Keith Happy Christmas 1982 Love Chris"

Photograph: Marg Card at Eureka Stockade

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Picture of Marg Card and unidentified child. Marg is carrying a Eureka Flag. The picture was taken at an ALP barbeque. Marg Card unsuccessfully contested the 1998 federal election for the seat of Ballarat. She served as a councillor and mayor at the Moorabool Shire.

Herbert Hoover : engineer, humanitarian, statesman (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 325 pages. Dustjacket: red and blue background; picture of Herbert Hoover; white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: red and blue background; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Autobiography of Herbert Hoover from his boyhood and through his political career. Hoover was a Republican president of the United States from 1929-1933. He was defeated in the 1932 election by Democrat, Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Significance

Politics and government - USA. Autobiographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blue ink, name, [Illegible] Barlow?, crossed out.

A Century of Struggle: A History of the Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; hardback book; 2 copies. Front cover: blue, orange and black; white text; two-tone industry photographs.

Historical information

History of the ETU Australia, its growth and achievements.

Significance

Relevant to the history and growth of trade unions in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Author name and title.

Never a White Flag: The Memoirs of Jock Barnes

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper. Front cover: red background; sepia picture of Jock Barnes; black and white text.

Historical information

The story of the 1951 confrontation and lockout of waterfront workers in New Zealand (1951).

Significance

A memoir that tells the story of a key event in New Zealand's union history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name, editor's name and title.

Private lives - public heritage : family snapshots as history

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper. Front cover: red background; black and white photograph; white text.

Historical information

From a Museum of Victoria project where over two thousand family photos were entered into a pictorial database. Includes material from Ballarat and Manangatang.

Significance

Pictorial history of social life, customs and families, including some material from the Ballarat district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: authors' name and title.