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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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686 items

Flying the kite : travels of an Australian politician (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 241 pages. Front cover: white background; colour caricature of John Button; black, orange and green lettering.

Historical information

Button's travels from 1975 to 1990 as member and Australian Government Industry Minister. Button was born in Ballarat and was a federal ALP senator; he served as a senior minister in the Hawke and Keating governments.

Significance

Of some relevance to the government of the day, the ALP and to Ballarat. Travel focus. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

The ALP : a short history of the Australian Labor Party

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Paper; book. Front cover: orange background with black outlined maps of Australia; black and white photos of various ALP leaders; black lettering.

Historical information

A concise history of the ALP.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the ALP and politics.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name.

Instructions for American servicemen in Australia 1942 (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 54 pages. Cover: blue background; black lettering; title.

Historical information

Dated. Cultural guide to Australia for US servicemen who were based in Australia during WWII. Includes descriptions of slang, money, places, Commonwealth, food, economy, etc.

Significance

Australian culture as perceived by outsiders.

Labour History No. 62-63, 1992

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Book; 2 volumes; 387 pages. Cover: red and white background; black lettering; title and series numbers.

Historical information

The Australian Society for the Study of Labour History describes the journal as follows: "The interdisciplinary nature of labour history, and its acceptance of less traditional sources, including folklore and oral testimony, make it a fascinating field, alive to past and present social justice issues. The journal, which has been appearing twice yearly since 1962, is the premier outlet for refereed, scholarly articles in its field in Australasia. Because ASSLH aims to raise historical awareness in the community, Labour History also publishes essays, reviews, and memoirs that reflect the involvement of labour historians in the making of history."

Significance

Unions, social justice and labour history.

Industrial relations : theory and practice

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; paper.

Historical information

An introduction to industrial and employee relations for undergraduate and postgraduate students. The book has an international focus.

Significance

Relevant to industrial relations on a global level.

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".

Mao Tse-tung

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book

Historical information

Mao Zedong or Mao Tse-tung, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he ruled from 1949 to 1976.

Significance

Relevant to the history of China, its revolutionary evolution. Of biographical relevance to Mao Zedong/Mao Tse-tung/Chairman Mao.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author name and title.

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.

The lucky country : Australia in the sixties

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: black background; artistic impression - man in hat holding a glass of beer with ocean in the background.

Historical information

The author tracks Australia's achievement of power and wealth through its natural resources and sheer luck. Horne uses the phrase "the lucky country" as a pejorative; he believes that Australians showed a lack of innovation and enterprise and were second rate politically and economically. Ironically, the phrase is now widely used to describe Australia in a complimentary way. Horne wrote a second book called "Death of the Lucky Country".

Significance

A critique of Australia's political and economic achievements as an industrialised nation up until the 1960s.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

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.

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.

The life and writings of Abraham Lincoln (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 863 pages. Cover: green cloth, hard cover; logo on front; spine includes author's name and title. Dust jacket.

Historical information

Annotated collection of Abraham Lincoln's papers. It includes a biographical essay written by Stern. Lincoln was President of the United States from March 1861 until his assassination in April 1865.

Significance

Political (USA) and biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside: To Malcolm, With our best wishes for a happy bar mitzvah. From Mr & Mrs W. M. Smith.

Eureka and Beyond: Monty Miller his own story

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: yellow background; black and white photo of Monty Miller; blue image of Southern Cross flag; blue and black text. Back cover: orange.

Historical information

Monty Miller was a miner who fought at Eureka. He continued to be active around industrial and political matters after the battle of Eureka. Around the first world war, he led the campaign against conscription and, subsequently, was sentenced to six months of hard labour (at age eighty five). This book is his autobiography.

Significance

Autobiographical interest. Pertinent to the history of Ballarat.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: editor's and author's names. Title page: handwritten in ink, "To dear Angas, love Chris, Jan and Alex."

Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union Constitution and Rules

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper (1 item)

Historical information

A Trades Hall Council-sponsored organisation co-ordinating the self help activities of the Ballarat unemployed during the 1930s depression. (1935-1940)

Significance

Significant to history and operations of Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union.

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.

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.

The poetical works of Robert Browning

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Poetical works. As well as being a renowned poet, Browning was a social and political commentator, including a poem that comments upon Darwin's theory of evolution.

Significance

Largely literary relevance. Social and political allusions pertinent to the author's lifetime (1812-1899).

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: author's name and title.

One Crowded Hour

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Paper; book. Front cover: black and white photograph of Neil Davis; black & red text.

Historical information

A biography of Australian cameraman Neil Davis. Davis predominantly worked in South East Asia covering wars in the region. In 1985, he was shot and killed during a coup attempt in Bangkok.

Significance

Insights into South East Asian regional conflicts with biographical detail.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title; author's name; short quote from review by the Weekend Australian.

Dictionary of Australian politics (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 292 pages. Cover: blue background; white and pink lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Glossary of institutions, personalities, procedures and other government processes within Australia.

Significance

Reference work - Australian politics.

Captain Cook in Australia: extracts from the journals of Captain James Cook giving a full account in his own words of his adventures and discoveries in Australia (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 192 pages. Dust jacket: white background; colour artwork with ship; black and green text; editor's name and title.

Historical information

James Cook's journals around the time of his voyage to the east coast of New Holland (Australia) and a visit to Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania).

Significance

Biographical interest. Historical - Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Happy Birthday, George 1973"

Photograph: Poster - Sharon Knight Victorian Labor

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Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Poster - Sharon Knight Victorian Labor The poster is attached to the front door verandah. It was created to support the 2010 state election campaign for the ALP. Text on the poster reads: Sharon Knight - Victorian Labor. Knight 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 photograph was taken, she was the candidate for Ballarat West.

Change the Rules bumper sticker

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Bumper sticker: blue background; white lettering; slogan; adhesive with backing strip.

Historical information

From Change the Rules website: "We need to change the rules so people have jobs they can count on. Give people the choice of converting from casual to permanent if they work regular hours End labour hire and sham contracting rip-offs Stop the exploitation of temporary visa workers Stop allowing employers to terminate workplace agreements Equal rights for people working in the gig economy Investment in apprenticeships and vocational training Governments to procure from local businesses first, to create local jobs" Change the Rules is a union driven campaign that supported campaigning towards the 2018 Victorian State election and the 2019 Federal election.

Significance

Elections, politics and government, and industrial relations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Slogan reads: "For more secure jobs and better pay, Change the RULES".

With Stanley on the Congo

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Book; 215 pages; black lettering; author's name and title; black swastika (this symbol predates Hitlerism).

Historical information

The book relates to Sir Henry Morton Stanley, a Welsh journalist and explorer. Stanley is known for his exploration of central Africa, his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone and his search for the source of the Nile.

Significance

Historical - United Kingdom & Africa. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside cover: 1. Methodist Sabbath School Corack - Sunday School Prize slip: awarded to Richard Moore for 164 Marks, HP 208, Mr JS Perry Supt, D Nicholls Sec, 2nd April 1929. 2. In black ink - Master Richard Moore was present at the 50 years Jubilee of the Carack Methodist Sunday School on March 31st 1929. Frank S Perry Supt.

Victorian State Election 24 November 2018

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Video recording; DVD disk.

Historical information

The Victorian State Election was held on 24 November 2018. ALP candidates were Sarah de Santis (Ripon), Michaela Settle (Buninyong) and Juliana Addison (Wendouree). The Andrews/ALP government was returned in a landslide victory. The footage in this recording comes from a party held at Ballarat Trades Hall on the night of the election. Candidates for Wendouree and Buninyong, Ms Addison and Ms Settle, were successful. The result for Ms de Santis (Ripon) is currently in the court of disputed returns.

Significance

Politics and government - Ballarat districts.

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Bernie Constable at Trades Hall Dinner

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Bernie Constable and Norm Borchers at Trades Hall dinner 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. 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.

Joseph Goebbels: The man who created Hitler (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 441 pages. Cover: black background; black and white photograph of Joseph Goebbels; orange and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Joseph Goebbels was a German Nazi politician and Reich Minister of Propaganda of Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. The book explores his role in developing Hitler's public persona.

Significance

Biographical, historical and political interest - Germany.

Photograph: ALP Barbeque

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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.

Photograph: Jenny Beacham and Eddie ? at trivia night

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Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: In right hand corner, Jenny Beacham and Eddie ? at trivia night. Jenny Beacham is a former Labor state secretary and was an ALP candidate for Ballarat in 1996. Photo includes five other unidentified people.

Newspaper clipping: Bravo Ballarat boy [Steve Bracks]

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Photocopy

Historical information

Newspaper clipping: Bravo Ballarat boy The article contains reflections by Betty Borchers about the sudden resignation of Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria, in 2007. Steve Bracks was the 44th Premier of Victoria from 1999-2007. He served in the shadow ministry as 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.

Inscriptions & Markings

Date and name of newspaper - handwritten.

Photograph: Sharon Knight & others - office opening

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Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Sharon Knight & others - office opening The photograph is the official opening of Sharon Knight's electorate office. Pictured from left: Unknown, Pauline Akers, Sharon Knight MLA (Ballarat West), David Miller, Matthew Smith (Secretary, Ballarat West Branch ALP), Cr. Cheryl Bromfield (behind Matthew Smith). Knight 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. David Miller was Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of Steve Bracks, Premier of Victoria.