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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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Equality and authority: a study of class, status and power in Australia

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book; 492 pages. Cover: black background; orange and white text; photographs of unknown persons.

Historical information

Study of Australian society - "class, status and power in ... affluent industrial communities of today ...". Book is in five parts: 1. Introduction; 2. An egalitarian society? 3. Political authority; 4. Economy and society; 5. Nationalism, imperialism and militarism.

Significance

Significant to economics, social structures, politics and way of life.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name. Back cover: description of content.

It wasn't meant to be easy: Tamie Fraser in Canberra

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Dust jacket: light blue background; colour picture of Tamie Fraser, black and blue lettering; author's name and title. Cover: blue; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Tamie Fraser. Tamie Fraser was married to Malcolm Fraser who was Prime Minister of Australia. Includes her role of campaigning on her husband's behalf in the 1975 Federal election. The author, Christina Hindhaugh, is Tamie Fraser's sister.

Significance

Relevant to the history of liberal and labour politics in Australia, including events around the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page: name, "F. J. Story, Ex AL 3/87".

Independence: The struggle to set America free

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; hardcover book; dust jacket; battle picture on the cover.

Historical information

The history of the revolution that led to America's declaration of Independence from Britain in 1776. Significant characters in this part of US history were John Adams, Abigail Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Burke.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the United States. The declaration of Independence document has become symbolic of human rights in the country - thus, the events leading to it were a catalyst to how American democracy is interpreted and practised.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Title and author name. Back cover: Statements of praise by Dan Rather, Andrew Burstein, R.B. Bernstein and Edith B. Gelles.

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."

The governance of Britain (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 267 pages. Front cover: colour photograph of London, Thames, parliament and Big Ben; black and white text; author's name and title.

Historical information

Written by former UK Prime Minister, Harold Wilson. Outlines how the British system of government works and the role of the Prime Minister's Office and Cabinet. Wilson was a Labour politician who served as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970 and from 1974 to 1976.

Significance

Political - United Kingdom.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp with details of "Bendigo's Book Nook" (bookseller).

Leaflets, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, cuttings and roneoed material retained by the Council.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Two boxes, paper. 1. Anti-Hanging Committee - regarding hanging. 1962. 2. Ballarat Banking Co. Ltd. Chairman's address and 145th report. August 1954. 3. Country Municipal Association circular regarding conference on centralisation, Ballarat. 22 November 1916. 4. Geelong Town Band's weekly performance programme. n.d. 5. Ironmasters' Association of Victoria rules and regulations agreed upon at the General Iron Trades' Conference, Melbourne. 1891. 6. Melbourne Eight Hours Anniversary programme. 1901. 7. Museum of Applied Science of Victoria, on gas from our brown coal. n.d. 8. New Australian Trade Unionist Committee regarding rally to protect shooting of Polish workers. 195-? 9. Circular from Ballarat Trades and Labour Council to Ironmoulders' Society regarding the Congress. 1891. 10. List of subjects to be discussed at Congress. 11. Circular from Melbourne Trades Hall Council regarding financial help for Congress. 1891. 12. Reports of Standing Orders Committee appointed by the Congress, 23-29 April 1891. 13. Trade Mark Committee report. 14. Committee on Federation report. 15. Draft scheme of Federation (Australasian Federation of Labor). 16. Draft scheme of Federation (Australasian Federation of Labor) to the Labour Councils and Unions of Australasia. (2 copies.) 17. Asian and Pacific Regions Peace Conference, Peking, October 1962. Report on Peking, Melbourne. 1962. (2 copies). 18. Australian Bureau of Census and Statistics. Labour and Industrial Statistics, Melbourne. 1911. 19. Australia. Laws, Statutes, etc Trade Marks Bill, 1905. Workers' Trade Marks. Melbourne, 1905. 20. Australian Council of Trade Unions. Agenda paper for ... Congress, 1953. Melbourne, 1953. 21. Australian Labor Party. Work of the Labor government. Melbourne, 1928. 22. Australian Textile Union, Victorian Branch. Wages Sheet. Melbourne, 1953? 23. Baker, W.A. The Commonwealth Basic Wage. 1907-1953. Sydney, 1953? 24. Building Workers' Industrial Union. Building Workers support your convention. n.p. 1954? 25. Carters' and Drivers' Union. Committee of Management. Important to members of Carters and Drivers' Union. Melbourne, 1936. 26. Dougherty, Tom. Santamaria unmasked. Melbourne, 1954? 27. Eight Hours' Anniversary Sports Programme, 1893. Ballarat 1893. 28. Eight Hours' Anniversary Programme, 1894. Ballarat, 1894. 29. Fadden, Arthur W. The menace of political banking. Sydney, 1945. 30. Federated Clerks' Union, Victoria Branch. The Fennessy Story. The Braun Story. n.p., 1954. 31. Federated Clerks' Union, Victoria Branch. Manifesto, n.p., 1955. 32. Greater Ballarat Association. Seventeenth annual report. Ballarat, 1954. 33. Langridge, H.E. Employers in the Labor Party. Melbourne, 1914. 34. Metal Trades Federation. National Conference of Federal Council and delegates from State branches. Sydney, 1960. 35. Municipal Association of Victoria. Arbitration aware regarding employment of members of the Municipal Officers Association of Australia. Melbourne, 1950. 36. Municipality of the Town of Ballarat East. Annual report, 1919. Ballarat, 1919. 37. Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees' Association of Australia. Melbourne Branch. Why did Menzies abdicate when he had a working majority and 18 months to go? Melbourne, 1955? 38. Plumbers and Gasfitters Employees Union of Australia, Melbourne Branch. Who are the wreckers in the Australian Labor Party? Melbourne, 1955. 39. Spence, W.G. The ethics of New Unionism. Sydney, 1892. (42 copies) 40. Trades Hall Council, Melbourne. Statement of accounts, 1959. Melbourne, 1959. 41. Universal Business Directories (Australia) Pty. Ltd. Home edition for Ballarat. Melbourne, 1954. 42. Victoria, Apprenticeship Commission. Twenty-seventh annual report. Melbourne, 1956. 43. Victorian Labor College. Labor Colleges. Melbourne 191? (3 copies) 44. W.F. Williams. An appeal to the workers of Victoria. n.p., 19?? 45. Workers' Industrial Union of Australia. Preamble, classification and rules. Melbourne 1919? 46. ACTU Bulletin, 1955, Vol 2, No. 2 47. Amalgamated Engineering Union monthly journal, 1954, No. 3. March 48. American Economist, (New York), 1893, Vol 12, No 12, September 49. Australian Worker, (Sydney), 1955, Vol 64, No. 10, May; No. 15, September (held by ANU and at Trove online) 50. Building Workers' Organiser, official organ of the Building Trades Federation, 1954, June 51. Bulletin issued by the Economic Information Service, Melbourne. No. 2 1954, Nos. 10, September; 13 August; 1956, No 14, January 52. Ballarat Courier, 1890, Vol 46, No. 7096, April 53. Ballarat Star, 1888, Vol 33, No. 95, April 54. The Clerk, official journal of Federated Clerks' Union, Victorian Branch, 1955, Vol 10, No. 2, February/March 55. Common Cause, official journal of the Miners' Federation of Australia 1954 Vol 19, No. 10, March; No. 12, April 1955 Vol 20, No. 12, April; No. 19, May 1955 Vol 20, No. 23, June; No 28 July 1955 Vol 20, No. 29, August 1956 Vol 21, No. 17, May 56. Evening Echo, Ballarat, 1915, No. 6673, September 57. Evening Post, Ballarat, 1889, Vol 38, No. 6326, March 58. Industrial Herald, published by Labor Press, Geelong 1952 Vol 34, No. 35, June 1954 Vol 36, No. 20, March; No. 23, April 1954 No. 36, July; No. 39 July 1958 Vol 40, No. 19, March 59. Labor Call, published by Industrial Printing and Publicity Co., Melbourne. 1953, Vol 46, No. 2417, September 60. Labor Supplement. 1952, November 1954, February; March 61. Light, Ballarat diocesan journal. 1955, September. 62. Locomotive journal, published by the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen. 1954, Vol. 16, No. 4, January. 63. People's Tribune Supplement, ed. by E.E. Jones, Melbourne. 1886, Vol 5, No. 20, April. 64. Railways' Union Gazette, published by J.D. Michie, Melbourne. 1919, June, Frank Byett in memoriam edition. 65. Rehab News issued by Central Ex-Servicemen's Office, Melbourne. 1946, Vol 2, No. 30, May. 66. Sheet Metal Workers, official organ of the Sheet Metal Working, Agricultural Implement and Stovemaking Union of Australia, Sydney. 1954, No. 107, February. 67. Socialist Comment, Socialist Party of Australia, Melbourne. 1937, No. 2, February. 68. Tocsin, A.L.P. Victorian Branch. 1955?, No. 2, October; No. 4, December. 1956, No. 5, February. 69. Tribune, CPA Sydney. 1965, No. 958, August. 70. UN World, published by Egbert White, New York. 1948, Vol 2, No. 11, December. 71. Miscellaneous newspaper cuttings. Posters 72. Eight Hours' Anniversary, Ballarat, 22 April 1892. 73. Eight Hours' Anniversary, Ballarat, 21 April 1894. 74. Eight Hours' Anniversary, Ballarat, 21 April 1913. 75A. Eight Hours' Anniversary, Ballarat, 3 April 1922. 75B. Electoral Rolls, persons entitled to be enrolled and to vote, 1922. 76. Progress, prospectus of debentures to publish a daily Labour paper to be called "Progress". 1904, Vol 1, No. 1, December. Cards 87. Smoke night social 88. Bi-election 89. How to vote card Roneoed material 77. Circular letter regarding new morning newspaper. n.d. 78. Circular letter from Trades Hall Council, Melbourne. 21 March 1955. 79. Article, History of the recent ALP dispute. n.d. 80. Article: What is freemasonry (from Ballarat St. Patrick's Gazette, October 1854). (2 copies) 81. Information summary of HRH Duke of Edinburgh's study conference on the human problems of industrial communities. ALP Broadcasts from Station 3KZ 82. Incentive payments by Norman A. Gibbs. 17 August 1953. 83. Escalating wages by F.J. Riley. 25 February 1954. 84. Margins by F.J. Riley. 4 March 1954. 85. Freezing margins by F.J. Riley. 17 March 1954. 86. The struggle across the Ages (No. 2) by F.J. Riley. 7 May 1954.

Historical information

TBA

Significance

TBA

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

Prince and the Premier: Story of Perce Galea, Bob Askin and the Others Who Gave Organized Crime Its Start in Australia (Don Woodward collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book; 544 pages.

Historical information

About the role of Perce Galea, a gambling entity, and Liberal Premier, Bob Askin, in the start of Australian organised crime. Covers prominent persons who were discovered to have been part of corrupt behaviour in NSW.

Significance

Political and legal significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author and title.

Till death us do part : industrial death narratives

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Interviews with the families of ten workers who died in industrial accidents. Explores the adverse impacts upon families. The author's father died at work in 1995. "... it is our hope that our stories will make a difference and encourage employers and governments to ensure safe work practises and prevent further needless industrial deaths." Elizabeth Horvath Mobayad

Significance

Relevant to workplace health and safety. Particularly of relevance to workplace fatalities.

Minutes of meetings of social committee (Ballarat Unemployed Association)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

1 bound volume

Historical information

The Ballarat Unemployed Association was a collective in the 1930s advocating for the welfare and rights of unemployed persons.

Significance

The minutes of the social committee constitute part of the history of this group. The minutes include details of subscriptions to various functions that were arranged. See also 0036.

Inside Australia and New Zealand

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; paper.

Historical information

Gunther was an American journalist and author. The "Inside" series of books are continental surveys. Gunther travelled through each geographical area, conducting interviews with a variety of people (politicians, average people, social leaders). The Inside series are his interpretations of these experiences.

Significance

Relevant to Australian and New Zealand's cultural, political and social profiles circa 1972.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: authors' name and title.

Let's rap about skills

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

VHS

Historical information

A film about skills, training and getting a job, delivered through the medium of rap.

Significance

Relevant to youth work, skills and training in the 1990s.

Memoirs: David Ben-Gurion (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 216 pages. Dustjacket: black background; black and white photo of Ben-Gurion; blue lettering; author's name and title. Cover: brown background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Memoirs of David Ben-Gurion who founded the State of Israel and was the first Prime Minister of Israel.

Significance

Politics and religion - Israel. Autobiographical interest.

Photograph: Kathy Blake, Betty Borchers, John Cain, Nancye Cain, Steve Bracks

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Back - Kathy Blake and Betty Borchers; Front - John Cain, Nancye Cain and Steve Bracks. John Cain served in Victorian State Parliament from 1976 – 1992. He was Premier from 1982-1990. Nancye Cain (nee Williams) is his wife. Steve Bracks was the 44th Premier of Victoria from 1999-2007. At the time of this photo, he was Shadow Treasurer. Steve Bracks was born in Ballarat. Betty Borchers worked as a legal secretary. She was active in the Ballarat ALP and is the wife of Norm Borchers.

Balance sheet of the Broken Hill Strike Fund (1892); Eight Hours Demonstration (1891); Illawarra Miners' Mutual Protective Association Strike Fund (1886)

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Three items in one folder.

Historical information

Broken Hill strike (1892) was driven by the Women's Brigade and local miners to defend the mines from imported labour. Strike action became infeasible as main persons were arrested for "unlawful conspiracy and inciting riots" and were imprisoned. The Illawarra Miners' Mutual Protective Association Strike (1886) was to secure better rates of pay. The Eight Hours Demonstration (1891) was held in December 1891 as part of the campaign for the Eight Hour Day: 8 hours work, 8 hours rest and 8 hours recreation.

Significance

The BTLC supported the Broken Hill strike and the Illawarra Miners' Mutual Protective Association Strike. Historically, BTLC was formed out of the Ballarat Eight Days Anniversary Committee.

Photograph: Marg Card, Dianne Hadden, Karen Overington, Candy Bread, Terry Bracks & Jenny Beacham

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Marg Card, Dianne Hadden, Karen Overington, Candy Bread, Terry Bracks & Jenny Beacham at a breakfast gathering. Marg Card unsuccessfully contested the 1998 federal election for the seat of Ballarat. She served as a councillor and mayor at the Moorabool Shire. Dianne Hadden was an independent member of the Victorian Legislative Council. She exited the Australian Labor Party in 2005. She stood for the seat of Ballarat East at the Victorian Legislative Assembly in 2006, but was unsuccessful. Karen Overington was a former welfare worker and served as a councillor and mayor (Sebastopol Borough) before she was elected to federal parliament in 1999. Karen did not contest the 2010 election. She died from cancer in 2011. Terry Bracks is the wife of former Victorian Premier, Steve Bracks. She is actively involved in arts and theatre organisations in Victoria and is a board member of Breast Cancer Network Australia, the National Film and Sound Archive, and the Australian Children’s Television Foundation. Jenny Beacham is a former Labor state secretary and was an ALP candidate for Ballarat in 1996.

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Frank Sheehan MLA

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Frank Sheehan was the state member for Ballarat South, serving from 1982-1992. 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.

Betrayal at Pearl Harbour: How Churchill Lured Roosevelt into World War II (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 302 pages. Front cover: yellow background; three black and white photographs; red and black lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Explores whether Churchill knew of the Pearl Harbour incident beforehand and whether he withheld this knowledge from the US. The book focusses on the months prior to Pearl Harbour and the beginning of USA's participation in the War.

Significance

International politics and history of World War II.

Understanding multiculturalism and Australian identity

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

The wit of Whitlam (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 96 pages. Front cover: black background; black and white picture of Gough Whitlam; white lettering; title. Spine: white; black lettering; author's name.

Historical information

Quotations by Gough Whitlam. Forewords to each chapter by the author. Gough Whitlam was Prime Minister (ALP) from 1972 to 1975. The Whitlam government had aspirations within a social justice and equality agenda. The government was dismissed in 1975 by the governor general - this act was unprecedented. An election followed soon after wherein the government was defeated by the Liberal Party.

Significance

Anecdotal and political interest.

The History of the Municipal Employees Union in Victoria 1885-1985

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper - book. Front cover: green background; artistic impression of working men in green; text in green and black.

Historical information

One hundred years' history of the Municipal Employees' Union - 1885-1985.

Significance

Significant to the history of labour unions in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name.

That damned democrat: John Norton, an Australian populist, 1858-1916 (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 178 pages. Dustjacket: pink background; illustration of Norton wielding a stick and a woman; picture of jury testimonials about Norton; photo of Norton's grave (back); black lettering; author's name and title. Cover: brown background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of John Norton (1858-1916) and examples of his journalistic works. Norton was a journalist and a propagandist for the labor movement. He was a delegate to the trades union congresses in London and Paris. He was a representative of for the Phillip and Flinders wards on Sydney Municipal Council. Norton's personal history includes accusations of violent behaviour, moral turpitude, fraud and deception, blackmail, theft and murder.

Significance

Trade unions - NSW. Politics - municipal councils. Media - journalism.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blue ink, "CM7486".

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Colin Cleary

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Norm Borchers with Colin Cleary Colin Cleary is the author of "Ballarat Labor". The photograph is taken at the book launch at Ballarat Trades Hall. Norm Borchers contributed many stories to Cleary's book. Several copies of the book are held at Ballarat Trades Hall and are available for loan. Cleary also wrote a book called "Bendigo Labor". 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

Inscription on back: Norm Borchers with Colin Cleary - Author "Ballarat Labor" at the Launch, 22/7/07 Ballarat Trades Hall. Norm contributed a lot of the stories of Ballarat Labor to Colin's book.

The turbulent years: The autobiography of JT Lang (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 323 pages. Dustjacket: light blue background; black and white photograph of JT Lang; red and white lettering. Cover: grey background; green lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Autobiography of Jack Lang's political career. 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. Autobiographical interest - Jack Lang.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blue ink: "Pop, Happy Birthday. Mary, Murray, Christopher. 8:10:70" (Copy 1)

Afternoon light: Some memories of men and events (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 384 pages. Cover: green background; gold lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

Reflections by Sir Robert Menzies (former Australian Prime Minister) upon past USA and UK prime ministers, White Australia Policy, Suez Canal, the monarchy, cricket, governance and more.

Significance

Politics and government - world. Sport.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside pages: Don Woodward's name inscribed in blue ink.

Printed report of the Committee appointed by the Congress to draft a scheme for political reform - the National Political Reform League

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper

Historical information

Political reform was high on the agenda of Australian Congress Committees. The report includes the preamble, rules and platform. Ballarat was chosen as the venue for the important 7th Intercolonial Trade Union Congress of Australia in April 1891 at which certain resolutions concerning political action by the workers were passed. The 7th Intercolonial Trades Union Congress in Ballarat is considered to be the beginnings of the Victorian Labor Party and mapped out 'One Big Union' which ultimately led to the formation of the ACTU.

Significance

Relates to the history of the BTLC, political reform and other Australian Congress Committees - see 0019-26.

Dr Mannix (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 336 pages. Dustjacket: plastic covering; artistic impression of Mannix in colour; gold and white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: grey background; gold lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

Biography of Daniel Mannix Archbishop of Melbourne. Mannix had a high public profile and was a supporter of the DLP and the National Civic Council in the fifties.

Significance

Religion, politics and biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp, "St Leo's CBC Library. 021169" & "Christian Brothers College St Leo's Box Hill."

Union Jack

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: black and white picture of Jack O'Leary; red and yellow text.

Historical information

Jack O'Leary was a prominent official in the Rail, Tram and Bus Union in Brisbane. The story tells of how Jack and his union brought corrupt politicians to account.

Significance

Relevant to Australian unions (especially the RTBU) and political history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name.

The politics of Australian democracy : fundamentals in dispute

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book

Photograph: Betty Borchers, Joan Brown, Senator Lindsay Tanner and Cr Craig Fletcher

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Betty Borchers, Joan Brown, Senator Lindsay Tanner and Cr Craig Fletcher The photograph was taken at the launch of ALP candidate Catherine King's election campaign launch in 2010. Catherine King is the federal ALP member for Ballarat and has been in office since 2001. She was a cabinet minister in the second Rudd ministry and is now part of the Shadow Cabinet. Betty Borchers worked as a legal secretary. She was active in the Ballarat ALP and is the wife of Norm Borchers. Joan Brown was a passionate and active member of the Labor Party in Ballarat. Lindsay Tanner was a member of the House of Representatives holding the seat of Melbourne for the period 1993-2010. He resigned from politics prior to the 2010 election. He is a lawyer who has worked as an articled clerk and was State Secretary of the Clerks Union before entering politics. He was Minister for Finance during the Rudd-Gillard years of government. Craig Fletcher is a former Mayor of Ballarat and became Chairman of the Ballarat Turf Club in 2014.