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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

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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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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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ANF: Button - Nurses worth every cent of 8%

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Round button - white background. Green and pink design.

Historical information

This button/badge was made to support a nurses' pay claim that took place over the period of 1994-1995, at which time the Kennett Liberal state government was in power. In 1994, the ANF Federal Executive passed a resolution to seek national pay increases of 8%. At this time, nurses had not had a pay rise since 1991. The Union noted that over the same period Victorian politicians had received 12.9% in pay increases. Our thanks to the ANMF library for providing information about the origins of this object.

Significance

Significant to the history of the ANMF and its industrial success.

Inscriptions & Markings

Protect National Rates. Nurses: Worth every cent of 8%.

A figure of speech: A political memoir (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 305 pages. Dust jacket: black and white photograph of the author; red, white and black lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black background; silver lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Graham Freudenberg's memoirs. He was a speech writer for Gough Whitlam and Arthur Calwell. He wrote the campaign speech for Mark Latham in 2004. The book includes his associations with Australian leaders from Menzies to Howard and observations about international relations.

Significance

Political - Australia - Labor. Autobiographical interest.

Photograph: Gough Whitlam and Betty Borchers at Trades Hall

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Gough Whitlam and Betty Borchers at Trades Hall Gough Whitlam was Australian Prime Minister from 1972 to 1975. The Whitlam government was a reformist government that introduced Medibank, the end of conscription, and free university education. His government was dismissed (parliament was dissolved) on 11 November 1975 by the Governor General Sir John Kerr owing to parliament's failure to pass Appropriation Bills. Malcolm Fraser was appointed as caretaker Prime Minister until an election was held. At the 1975 election, the Whitlam government was defeated by the Liberal Coalition - a landslide victory. Betty Borchers worked as a legal secretary. She was active in the Ballarat ALP and is the wife of Norm Borchers.

Minute Book BTLC - 12/1989-12/1992

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Lever arch file.

Historical information

The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council is the second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, founded in 1883 on the back of the Ballarat Eight Hour Committees that were established in 1856.   Trades Hall helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of our affiliated unions.

Significance

A record of meetings of Ballarat Trades and Labour Council. The council has met once per month since its inception. As the organisation is run in a democratic governance style, the minutes record all significant decisions made over the relevant period.

Photograph: Cheryl Kernot and Marg Card

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Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Cheryl Kernot and Marg Card. Photo includes a 7 News cameraman (unidentified). Cheryl Kernot is a former Australian Senator and leader of the Australian Democrats party (1990-1997) and member of the House of Representatives with the ALP (1998-2001). Marg Card unsuccessfully contested the 1998 federal election for the seat of Ballarat. She served as a councillor and mayor at the Moorabool Shire.

Good company (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 310 pages.

Historical information

An autobiography of Jo Gullett who was a journalist, politician and horseman. The book is set in Paris, Oxford, Canberra, NSW and during WWII.

Significance

Politics, war and media.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black ink, "Mary O'Dea, RMB 8865, Bochara Vic 3301. From Paul and Sue - Christmas 1991."

Photograph of delegates to the Intercolonial Trades and Labour Congress - 7th Congress, Ballarat, 1891

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

One photograph

Historical information

Ballarat Trades Hall was part of the Intercolonial Trades Hall Congresses created for the purposes of collective organising within labour organisations. There were eight Congresses held within Australia. See 0019-0026. There were eight Intercolonial Trades Hall Congresses in Australia: 1. Sydney 1879 2. Melbourne 1884 3. Sydney 1885 4. Adelaide 1886 5. Brisbane 1888 6. Hobart 1889 7. Ballarat 1891 8. Adelaide 1898

Significance

The photograph forms part of the history of the 7th Intercolonial Trades Hall Congress, showing delegates in attendance. On loan.

Diary of disaster : the New Australasian mine tragedy, Creswick, 1882

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

The Australasian Gold Mine disaster happened in Creswick, Victoria in 1882. Twenty nine miners were trapped in a gold mine shaft with only five rescued - the remainder of the miners drowned.

Significance

Relevant to the history of Creswick and gold mining in the 1800s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Harold Wilson: A critical biography (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 224 pages. Cover: black; author's name and title. Dust jacket: plastic covering; red background; black and white photo of Harold Wilson; black and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

A biography of Harold Wilson, former Labor Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and 1974 to 1976.

Significance

Political and biographical interest - United Kingdom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ex-library copy. Library and bookshop markings

Invitation to a reception by the Premier of Victoria, John Cain

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Postcard sized invitation.

Historical information

John Cain was Premier of Victoria from 1982-1990. Norm Borchers was a long-term trade unionist (Amalgamated Engineering Union and the Australian Railways Union) and ALP member; he lived and worked in Ballarat. Norm was active in workplace disputes during the ALP split in 1955.

Inscriptions & Markings

Government of Victoria crest. The invitation is to Mr and Mrs N Borchers to "... a Reception in the Gable Room, La Scala Entertainment Complex ... on the occasion of the visit to the Ballarat Region by the Honourable John Cain, MP, Premier of Victoria on 21 June 1989 at 5.30 pm."

Minutes of meetings of Building Committee

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Bound, paper, 1 volume

Historical information

The 1889 London Dock Strike grew from unrest about poor living conditions as a result of the casualised labour force. Money raised in Australia (30,000 pounds) helped to support striking workers to continue the action and feed their families. The strike led to the formation of the General Labourers' Union and strengthened unionism amongst dockers. 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 London Dock Labourer's Strike correlates with significant National growth in the trade union movement. 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.

Journal of Australasian mining history 2003

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperbook book.

Historical information

Relates to mining work and history in Kalgoorlie, Northern Territory, South Australia, New Zealand, New South Wales and Queensland.

Significance

Relevant to Australian and New Zealand history, particularly around miners and mining.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Name of journal, date and volume number; publisher's name. A drawing of "stamping batteries", Port Phillip Gold Mining Company, Clunes from Illustrated Australian News. Cover includes the words: "Embracing all aspects of mining history, mining archaeology and heritage." Back cover: Blank.

Receipts of the Intercolonial Trades and Labour Congress - 7th Congress, Ballarat, 1891.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper in folder.

Historical information

Ballarat Trades Hall was part of the Intercolonial Trades Hall Congresses created for the purposes of collective organising within labour organisations. There were eight Congresses held within Australia. See 0019-0026.

Significance

The receipts are part of the history of the 7th Intercolonial Trades Hall Congress in Ballarat and are a record of its incoming finances.

The people the passion, the pride: 90 years AMWU and Ford Australia

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback; grey cover with a photograph of unidentified persons with a Ford vehicle; gold and white lettering.

Historical information

A memento book published by the AMWU dedicated to past and present employees at Ford. Copies were presented to members who were made redundant in 2017. The book is a short history of Ford and includes photographs, members' stories and AMWU achievements over this time.

Significance

Significant to the history of manufacturing (vehicle) in Australia and working conditions of members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title. Back cover: AMWU logo.

The Origins of Political Surveillance in Australia

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: blue and green theme with white dots, dark male head with eye accentuated; white lettering.

Historical information

Cain discusses issues free speech and political surveillance in WWI. The book includes the history of intelligence agencies that started in WWI, but also surveillance of communists and spying on the left in Australia during peace time.

Significance

Significant to matters of national security, freedom of speech and movement and the use of intelligence agencies during and post WWI.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Felicia: the political memoirs of Don Dunstan

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: black background; black and white photograph of Don Dunstan; red and yellow lettering.

Historical information

Don Dunstan was a South Australian state politician known for progressive reforms. He was premier of South Australia over the periods June 1967-April 1968 and June 1970-February 1979. He resigned from politics in 1979 and died in 1999.

Significance

The book forms part of Labor Party history in South Australia and is of an autobiographical nature.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Minute Book BTLC - 1/1993-12/1996

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Lever arch file.

Historical information

The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council is the second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, founded in 1883 on the back of the Ballarat Eight Hour Committees that were established in 1856.   Trades Hall helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of our affiliated unions.

Significance

A record of meetings of Ballarat Trades and Labour Council. The council has met once per month since its inception. As the organisation is run in a democratic governance style, the minutes record all significant decisions made over the relevant period.

The wit of Sir Robert Menzies

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Blue, grey and white hardback.

Historical information

Examples of Sir Robert Menzies' humour. Menzies is a former Prime Minister of Australia.

Significance

Biographical.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover includes title and name of the compiler. Back cover includes some random examples from the book's content and titles from the same series. Title page includes a stamp from Latrobe Valley Regional Library Service (cancelled) and price of $2.00.

Keeping archives

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book. Front cover: grey background; images of a computer, a film and a map of Australia; red and blue lettering.

Historical information

Guide to archiving practice.

Significance

Professional practice book.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Title, organisation and name of editor in chief. Back cover: blurb, title and organisation.

Ballarat Labor : from miner hesitancy to golden age

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book; 321 pages

Historical information

Labour history of Ballarat from 1892 to 2006.

Significance

Significant to the history and growth of the labour movement in Ballarat.

The 'Big Fella' : Jack Lang and the Australian Labor Party 1891-1949

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; paperback book. Front cover: picture of Jack Lang.

Historical information

Biography of Jack Lang. Jack Lang is a former NSW ALP state treasurer and was elected Premier on two occasions. His government was dismissed in his second term of government by the State Governor due to his defying the Commonwealth Government's financial agreements' legislation.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the ALP in NSW and the labour movement. Biographical interest - Jack Lang.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title. Back cover: quote from author; synopsis of book content; laudatory comment by the Sydney Morning Herald; cover credits.

Photograph: Graeme Shearer and Bernie Constable

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Graeme Shearer is a former Secretary of Ballarat Trades Hall. He retired after 25 years of service in 2009. Bernie Constable is General Secretary of the Shearers and Rural Workers' Union and is currently a delegate on the Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council Inc. In the picture, Bernie and Graeme are holding the Southern Cross flag.

Military Career of Napoleon the Great - An Account of the Remarkable Campaigns of the "Man of Destiny" (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 514 pages. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Napoleon Bonaparte's boyhood, military and political career. Napoléon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French politician and military leader. He played a significant role in the French Revolution and other warfare. He was Emperor of France in 1804-14 and for a short time in 1815.

Significance

Politics and military history - France. Biographical interest - Napoleon Bonaparte.

Is it safe? Dead workers don't work

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book. Front cover: black background; green, white and red lettering.

Historical information

This is an OH&S manual targeted at construction industry workers. Includes issues such as asbestos, chemicals and use of tools. This is the third edition of the manual. The most recent copy of the manual is available from the CFMEU.

Significance

Relevance to workplace health and safety and trade unions' stance on pertinent issues.

Fulbright : the dissenter

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Senator Fulbright was a Southern Democrat in the United States who opposed McCarthyism and the Vietnam War; he served on the Foreign Relations Committee. Fulbright promoted the leglislation that enabled Fulbright grants and scholarships. The book covers the period of his time in the US senate - 1945-1974. Fulbright was defeated in the primaries in 1974.

Significance

Relevant to the history of USA politics. Biographical interest - Senator James Fulbright.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: author's name and title.

Minute Book - Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council 1/1998-11/2005

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Lever arch file

Historical information

The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council is the second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, founded in 1883 on the back of the Ballarat Eight Hour Committees that were established in 1856.   Trades Hall helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of our affiliated unions.

Significance

A record of meetings of Ballarat Trades and Labour Council. The council has met once per month since its inception. As the organisation is run in a democratic governance style, the minutes record all significant decisions made over the relevant period.

Castro : a political biography

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: black and white picture of Castro; red, black and white background.

Historical information

Biography of Fidel Castro who led the communist revolution in Cuba and was the country's leader until 2008. Castro was instrumental in other communist revolutions around the world. His ongoing relationship with the Soviet Union caused tension with the United States and led to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Significance

Significant to the history of Communism - especially in Cuba.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title (black and white text).

How to become Prime Minister: For All Aspiring Politicians and the People Who have to Vote For Them (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 264 pages. Cover: blue background; black and white drawing of Fraser, Curtin, Hawke, Whitlam, Menzies and Chifley; black and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Barry Cohen was a minister in the Hawke Labor government. The book gives realistic advice about entering politics, with particular emphasis that politicians should know Australia's history.

Significance

Australian politics.

Abraham Lincoln (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 128 pages. Cover: light brown background; red embellishments; black lettering; title.

Historical information

A biography of Abraham Lincoln from boyhood to assassination (1809-1865). Lincoln was a lawyer and politician who served as the sixteenth president of the USA. He was assassinated in 1865.

Significance

History and politics - USA. Biographical interest - Abraham Lincoln.

Inscriptions & Markings

Black ink, "??? Combs?, from his father, 14th July 1909". Pencil, "Bob Tarrant, 1927".

Enoch Powell on immigration (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 158 pages. Front cover: white background; black, red and white lettering; image of Union Jack; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Enoch Powell was a Conservative Member of Parliament 1950–74 and later represented the Ulster Unionist Party 1974–87. He made four controversial statements on immigration; the book provides critical analysis of Powell's statements, his reasoning and the statistics he uses.

Significance

Political analysis/criticism.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two red remainder sale marks.

The Stilwell papers (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 327 pages. Cover: green. No dust jacket. Spine: gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

This autobiography documents the nature of war (WWII). The book illustrates a US commander's (Stilwell) courage, frustrations and responsibilities during this time.

Significance

Historical and autobiographical interest. First hand account of World War II.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp with details of the original seller: "J. Thompson etc".

Commandant of Auschwitz: The autobiography of Rudolf Hoess (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 252 pages. Cover: black and white photograph of Hoess on the first day of his trial (c) Hulton Getty; yellow and white lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Autobiography of Rudolf Hoess. Hoess was an SS functionary during the Nazi regime. He was responsible for devising killing methods at the concentration camps. Royalties from this book were distributed to survivors of Auschwitz.

Significance

World War II - Auschwitz, Hitler, Rudolf Hoess. Autobiographical interest .

The Whitlam government 1972-1975

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Hardcover book. Front cover: black background; caricature of Gough Whitlam; white lettering.

Historical information

History of the Whitlam government by Gough Whitlam. Highlights Whitlam's aspirations within a social justice and equality agenda and the frustrations that he faced. The Whitlam government came to power in 1972 after 23 years in opposition. The government was dismissed in 1975 by the governor general - this act was unprecedented.

Significance

Relevant to the history of government and politics in Australia and especially the ALP.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

A short history of Australia: new and revised edition

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Hardback with dustjacket; green and white background; black lettering; 274 pages.

Historical information

History of Australia: 1788-1969.

Significance

Some references to Ballarat including the Monster Meeting and the Eureka Stockade.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Author's name and title; white round price sticker. Back cover: Author's biography and other publications.

Gladstone (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 698 pages. Dustjacket: plastic; colour photograph of Gladstone; white and gold lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

WE Gladstone was a Liberal Party Prime Minister in Britain four times during the period of 1868 - 1894. He introduced many pivotal changes including the secret ballot, equality of opportunity, free trade, and laissez-faire economics.

Significance

History and politics - United Kingdom. Autobiographical interest - WE Gladstone.

Benito Mussolini: A biography

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 415 pages. Cover: red and black background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Benito Mussolini. Mussolini was a politician and journalist. He led the National Fascist Party and was Prime Minister from 1922 to 1943. After 1925, Mussolini was upfront that his government was a dictatorship.

Significance

Politics and history of Italy in the 20th Century.

The unservile state : essays in liberty and welfare

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; hardcover book. Front cover: yellow background, black text.

Historical information

A collection of essays about British Liberal Democrats and their policies in the late 1940s and 1950s.

Significance

Relevant to British political history in the 1940s and the 1950s.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and editor's name.

Mantle of safety : the Flying Doctor Service

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

During a stay at Dunbar, one of Australia's largest cattle stations, the author was faced with the problem of getting a badly injured man to hospital, it was the wet season, but the Royal flying doctor service came to the rescue. The author was later a nurse in a bush hospital and worked in close cooperation with the flying doctor service before writing "Mantle of Safety".

Significance

Autobiographical and relevant to the history of the Australian flying doctor service.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: author's name and title.

Year of decisions: Memoirs by Harry S. Truman Volume I (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 637 pages. Cover: white background; black and white photograph of Harry S. Truman, blue, black, grey and yellow lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Memoirs of Harry S. Truman focussing upon the year 1945. 1945 was the end of World War II and the beginning of the Atomic Age. Truman was President of the United States from 1945–1953. He took office following the death of Franklin Roosevelt.

Significance

Historical, political and biographical interest - United States.

Inscriptions & Markings

Purple stamps: "COMPLIMENTARY" and "TUDOR DISTRIBUTORS PTY LTD, 54 PORTER STREET, PRAHRAN … VIC."

Bob Carr: A self-made man

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 423 pages. Cover: blue background; colour picture of Bob Carr; blue lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Biography of Bob Carr. Bob Carr was Premier of NSW from 1995-2005 and subsequently a NSW Senator from 2012-2013. He served as Federal Foreign Minister. After leaving politics, he became an academic.

Significance

Politics - ALP. Biographical interest.

Organise, educate, control : the AMWU in Australia, 1852 - 2012

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: sepia background - feint pictures; colour picture of union banner; red and black lettering.

Historical information

A history of the AMWU. The AWMU is an Australian trade union that was part of campaigns for the Eight Hour Day, maternity leave, superannuation, apprentice rights and family-friendly conditions. 1.The AMWU: Politics and Industrial Relations, 1852-2012 /​ Greg Patmore 2.The Hope of the World: The Amalgamation of ADSTE and the AMWU /​ Andrew Dettmer 3.One Big Metal Union? The Impact of Union Amalgamation in Western Australia /​ Bobbie Oliver 4.Off to the Mystery Picnic: Mobilising Young Engineers in Victoria, 1941-1961 /​ Keir Reeves 5.The Female Confectioners Union, 1916-1945 /​ Cathy Brigden 6.The Melbourne Typographical Society and the Melbourne Trades and Labour Council, 1874-76 /​ Andrew Reeves 7.Australia Reconstructed /​ Andrew Scott 8.Celebration of a Union: The Banners and Iconography of the AMWU /​ Andrew Reeves pt. 2 AMWU People 9.The Struggle Continues: Laurie Carmichael Talks /​ Andrew Dettmer 10.Three Tassie Women and Their Union Experiences /​ Robyn McQueeney 11.`Red' Fred - Left in the Right Time and Place: A Political Analysis of Fred Thompson /​ Cora Trevarthen 12.Unity Commands Respect: Memories of EZ /​ Glenys Lindner 13.A Self-contained City: Metalworkers and the Midland Railway Workshops, 1904-1994 /​ Ric McCracken 14.The AMWU Queensland Coal Shop Stewards /​ Chris Harper.

Significance

Relevant to the history of trade unions and the labour movement, particularly the AWMU.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and editors' names.

Photograph: ALP Barbeque

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

An ALP barbeque. The picture features a number of people - they are not identified and are mainly facing away from the camera.

Power and terror : post 9/11 talks and interviews

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: colour photograph of a military officer with gun and children looking on; black and red lettering.

Historical information

The book comes from public talks given by Chomsky in 2002 (as a follow up to 9/11) and a previously unpublished interview. Chomsky reflects upon terrorism, US foreign policy and offers different non-violent solutions. Contents: Part I: Interview with Noam Chomsky for the film Power and Terror Part II: U.S. arms, human rights, and social health Part III: Talks and conversations "Why do they hate us, when we're so good?" Visiting the West Bank with Azmi Bishara Media bias and Palenstine How should we respond? The United States and the world Part IV: More information Further reading: a selection of books by Noam Chomsky About the film Power and Terror: Noam Chomsky in our times About the author About the editor About the publishers.

Significance

Relevant to 9/11 and to US foreign policy and terrorism.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Understanding multiculturalism and Australian identity

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Paper; book. Front cover: yellow, black and white; map of Australia with black illustrations; black text.

Historical information

A collection of speeches and papers about multiculturalism in Australia by Andrew Theophanous. Includes some analysis of foreign policy, education, media, and equity policy.

Significance

Pertinent to national identity in Australia. The author, Andrew Theophanous, was an ALP member of parliament and served as Parliamentary Secretary to Prime Minister, Paul Keating.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: descriptors to the illustrations; author's name and title.

Killer Company: James Hardie Exposed

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: red and black background; white and red text; photographs of Greg Combet, Bernie Banton and a man holding a banner that reads, "Killed by Asbestos".

Historical information

Matthew Peacock is an ABC journalist who researched the story of the company, James Hardy, that knowingly continued to sell asbestos products despite serious health risks to its employees and customers. Stories of past employees including the late Bernie Banton who publically crusaded against James Hardy.

Significance

The book and its stories are significant to workplace health and safety in Australia and consumer safety.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author name.

Pence cards of R. Constable, T. Quigley and Unknown - Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union

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3 cards

Historical information

Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union was a Trades Hall Council-sponsored organisation co-ordinating the self help activities of the Ballarat unemployed during the 1930s depression. (1935-1940)

Significance

Pence cards were important as evidence of proving financial membership of unions.

Inscriptions & Markings

E. Constable T. Quigley

In case of emergency : how Australia deals with disasters and the people who confront the unexpected

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Historical account of Australia's emergency services. Articles by a number of contributors and authorities.

Significance

Relevant to how disasters and emergencies are serviced in Australia, public health and safety.

Elect the ambassador! Building democracy in a globalised world

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Paper; book.

Historical information

The author argues for democracy in all countries and questions the right of unelected international organisations to make critical decisions (e.g. The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund). The book is pro-globalisation.

Significance

Relevant to world politics, democracy and globalisation. Kerr is a former Labor politician and served as Attorney General and Minister for Justice in the Hawke/Keating government.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Disraeli in love (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 417 pages. Front cover: yellow background; illustration of Disraeli and woman embracing; black lettering; author's name and title. Dust jacket and plastic cover. Ex-library copy: includes library markings in pencil, barcode and envelope on inside page.

Historical information

Disraeli was Prime Minister of the UK from 1874-1880. The story is a biography around his love for a married woman called Henrietta.

Significance

Biographical, political and historical interest.

Caligula: Emperor of Rome (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 184 pages. Dust jacket: blue background; white bust of Caligula; red and black lettering; author's name and title. Price sticker. Cover: blue; gold lettering; author's name and title on spine.

Historical information

Biography of Caligula who was the Emperor of Rome in AD 37-41.

Significance

Biographical and historical-political interest.