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Unions Ballarat Ballarat, Victoria

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

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.

Entry Fee

Nil.

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.

700 items

700 items

The fixer : the untold story of Graham Richardson (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book; 420 pages Dustjacket: black background; black and white photograph of Graham Richardson; silver, yellow, white and mauve lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black background; white lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

A biography of journalist and politician, Graham Richardson. Richardson was a minister in the Hawke government and was instrumental in Hawke's political fortunes. He was also involved in a prostitution scandals.

Significance

Relevant to Labor history and Australian politics.

Introducing Chomsky

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: background is a red and black photo of Chomsky; white and black lettering.

Historical information

Linguistics textbook. Chomsky also critiques power institutions and provides commentary on social freedoms. Explores how learning and language influences intellect, education and thinking.

Significance

Relevant to linguistics and languages. Social and educational interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: authors' & editor's names and title.

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Geoff Howard

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Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Geoff Howard at Waubra. Geoff Howard is the current state member for Buninyong. He has been in parliament since 2009. Howard has also served as a councillor and mayor on Ballarat City Council. Howard has served as Parliamentary Secretary for Natural Resources and the Environment and Parliamentary Secretary for Agriculture. 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. It is assumed that this picture was taken at an ALP barbeque - see pictures 0374 and 0375.

Rally to Save Ballarat TAFE - Federation University, Mt Helen

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Historical information

The Ballarat Save TAFE campaign ran from 2012 to 2014. It was a Trades Hall and community campaign in partnership with the Australian Education Union and National Tertiary Education Union. The campaign was in response to significant financial cuts and closure of many courses by the Baillieu/Napthine governments. Availability of TAFE in Ballarat is particularly important in training future tradespersons and future provision of many services. Campaign President: Athan McCaw Campaign Vice-President: Brigid O'Carroll Walsh Campaign Secretary and Treasurer: Brett Edgington The advertised rally was held at Federation University, Mount Helen Campus.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Work and Wages

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Hardback; brown cover with gold and black ornamentation; 296 pages. Inside cover: Regulations for Visitors and Subscribers to the Ballaarat Public Library has been affixed - stamped with "CANCELLED" in red.

Historical information

Written in 1872, the author examines strikes, economics, industrial relations and conciliation.

Significance

The author is a former governor of Victoria, politician and a freemason. The book is relevant to working conditions in Britain at the time of publication.

Inscriptions & Markings

Spine: number 54; author's name and title in gold embossed lettering.

Portraits of power (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 288 pages. Cover: brown background; two-tone portrait photographs of Hitler, Churchill, Gandhi, Roosevelt, Stalin, Truman, Hirohito, Franco, Adenauer, Gaulle, Eisenhower, Tito, Nasser, Ben-Gurion, Khrushchev, JF Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, Shah of Iran, Mao Tse-Tung; black and red lettering; title and compiler's name.

Historical information

Overview of various leaders in the 20th century: Hitler, Churchill, Gandhi, Roosevelt, Stalin, Truman, Hirohito, Franco, Adenauer, Gaulle, Eisenhower, Tito, Nasser, Ben-Gurion, Khrushchev, JF Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, Shah of Iran, Mao Tse-Tung.

Significance

Historical and political relevance.

The Australian Book of Facts

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Paper; book

Historical information

Reference book on a wide variety of Australian topics.

Significance

Reference tool.

Photograph: Paul Keating

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Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Paul Keating, Prime Minister of Australia. Paul Keating visited Sebastopol Community Centre in September 1995 as part of Jenny Beacham's campaign. Paul Keating was the 24th Prime Minister of Australia and the Leader of the Labor Party from 1991 to 1996. Jenny Beacham is a former Labor state secretary and was an ALP candidate for Ballarat in 1996.

Cash book: Communist Party Australia (Victoria?)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 191 pages. Cover: brown background; gold lettering; title ("Cash Book"). Loose pages - account balances, Commonwealth Trading Bank of Australia, Victoria Street, Melbourne.

Historical information

Income and expenditure of the Communist Party Australia (Victoria Branch?) from 1915-1954. Includes memberships/affiliations. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Australia) describes the Party as originating in 1920 although the beginning of these records precedes that date by five years. It is also noted that the party officially dissolved in 1992, although the record held ceases at 1954 when the funds were transferred to Building Trades Federation Trust Account. The records are contemporaneous with Robert Menzies' attempted ban of the Party in 1951. The records cease in 1954 which was a time of active paranoia in Australia about Communism. The Labor Party split happened in 1955 leading to the formation of the Democratic Labor Party (a party describing itself at anti-communist).

Significance

Politics and government. Financial records keeping - Communist Party of Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Preliminary pages, in pencil: "Relief Fund see page 47".

World politics : trend and transformation, 12th ed

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Paper; book. Front cover: orange/red/brown theme; white lettering.

Historical information

GovernGlobal politics, economy, power and collective action. Table of contents: Part 1. Trend and Transformation in World Politics 1. Interpreting world politics 2. Theories of world politics 3. International decision making Part 2. The Globe's Actors and Their Relations 4. Great power rivalries and relations 5. The global south in a world of powers 6. Intergovernmental organizations and the quest for global governance 7. Nongovernmental organizations and the shape of the global future 8. People power and the promotion of human rights Part 3. The Economic and Demographic Dimensions of Globalization 9. The globalization of international finance 10. International trade in the global marketplace 11. The demographic and cultural dimensions of globalization Part 4. Threats to the World 12. Threats to the preservation of the world's common ecology 13. The treat of armed aggression to the world Part 5. Realist Roads to National and International Security 14. The military pursuit of power through arms and military strategy 15. Alliances and the balance of power Part 6. Liberal Paths to World Order 16. Negotiated conflict resolution and international law 17. Liberal approaches to collective security Part 7. Envisioning Your Alternative Global Futures and Predicting Global Transformations 18.Thinking about global trends, transformations, and the future of world politics.

Significance

Relevant to global issues in the political arena.

Inscriptions & Markings

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

Robyn Mason: collected photographs

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Photographs.

Historical information

Robyn Mason was a member of the ALP and unsuccessfully contested the seat of Ballarat West in 1996. She was a feminist, teacher and a social worker who fought hard for those affected by sexual abuse and violence. Robyn Mason passed away in 2016. This large collection of photographs was donated after her passing; the collection reflects the vastness of Robyn's contribution to the Ballarat community. Photographs here include the following persons: Batchelor, Peter Beacham, Jenny Borchers, Betty Borchers, Norm Bracks, Steve Breen, Barry Brumby, John Garbutt, Sherryl Keating, Paul Knight, Sharon Laffey, Catherine Mason, Robyn Rootes, Jeff Sheehan, Frank Thomson, Hedley Thwaites, John

Significance

Politics, government, advocacy, education - Ballarat region.

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.

Printed material retained by the Progressive Political League of Victoria, Ballarat West Branch

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Paper 1. Australasian Labour Federation. Constitution. Melbourne, n.d. 2. Australasian Labour Federation. Rules of the NSW Procincial Council. Sydney, 1897. 3. Labour Electoral League of NSW. Rules and platform. Sydney, 1891. (Printed on reverse side of speech of T. Hough - League candidate for Glebe.) 4. Newspaper cutting regarding Ballarat Labour Electoral League. n.d. 5. People's Party. Platform and Programme. n.p., n.d. 6. Progressive Political League of Victoria. Second meeting of Central Council. Melbourne, 1891. 7. Progressive Political League of Victoria. Suggested rules to govern the nomination and selection of candidates for Parliament. n.p., n.d. 8. Progressive Political League of Victoria. To the President and members of the Central Council. 9. United Labor Party of S.A. Rules and Standing Orders. 10. Workers' Political Committee. New Zealand. Rules and constitution. n.p., n.d.

Historical information

The Progressive Political League was formed in 1891 after the 1890 Maritime Workers Strike; it subsequently became the Australian Labor Party. The PPL is also contemporaneous with the defeat of the Shearer's Strike (1891). Its platform included "electoral reform, reform of the labour laws, social reform and supported Federation on a ‘democratic basis’." (Anarchist Age 2008). More information about the formation of the Progressive Political League in Victoria can be found at http://anarchistmedia.org/pdf/701-800/AAWR-07768.html

Significance

The collection provides contemporaneous information from a variety of sources.

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)

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.

Railways of Australia. Codes of practice for dangerous goods

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper

Historical information

Codes of practice - dangerous goods & railway workers. See also, Occupational Health and Safety Legislation and The Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (https://www.rissb.com.au/).

Significance

Relevant to the history of workplace practices and occupational health and safety.

The power struggle : the rise of John Grey Gorton

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: brown and white background; black and white photograph of John Gorton; white lettering.

Historical information

The book is an exposition of issues around leadership of the Liberal Party following the disappearance of Harold Holt, with particular focus upon the embattled Gorton government. The leadership was successfully contested by William McMahon in 1971.

Significance

Relevant to Australian political history and particularly to the Liberal Party Australia. Reid was a reporter for the Packer press.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Inside the House of Commons (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 240 pages. Front cover: black background; colour photo of British parliament; gold lettering; author name and title.

Historical information

The book documents history and procedure of the British House of Commons. The author also describes the Speaker's role and its origin.

Significance

Political, institutional and historical - United Kingdom.

Paul Keating Prime Minister

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: white background; various head shots of Paul Keating in colour and black and white; gold, brown and white lettering.

Historical information

A biography. Paul Keating was Treasurer in the Hawke ALP government. He succeeded Bob Hawke as Prime Minister of Australia following a successful leadership challenge. Keating was defeated by John Howard in the 1996 election.

Significance

Relevant to Australian federal politics in the 1980s and 1990s. Biographical interest - Paul Keating.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Unions, business and other cards

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Cardboard business cards for superannuation companies, unions, political parties, Ballarat Trades Hall and local businesses. Number of cards is estimated to be over two hundred.

Historical information

A variety of cards from different unions, political parties and business organisations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Name of organisation and contact details are printed on each card.

Goldrush doctors at Ballaarat

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Paper

Historical information

Biographical book about medical practitioners in Ballaarat (Ballarat) goldfields between 1850-1860.

Significance

Ballarat region - social history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name.

John Hancock and the rise of Victorian Labor : the first detonation of the volcano

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: blue background; yellow and white text.

Historical information

Biography of Labor's first member of the Victorian legislature in Footscray, Victoria. Hancock was an MLA in 1891–1892 and 1894–1899. The author, Jim Claven, was a member of the ALP Victorian branch administrative committee and the Fabian Society executive.

Significance

Biographical history pertaining to the Victorian ALP.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

The British Empire: Six lectures

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Book; 250 pages. Cover: red background; gold lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

Table of contents: Introduction; England in the making; The Seventeenth Century; The Eighteenth Century; The Age of Queen Victoria; The Empire of the Present Day; The Meaning and Use of the Empire.

Significance

History - Britain.

Don Chipp: The third man (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 254 pages. Dust jacket: grey background; colour artistic representation of Don Chipp; red lettering; authors' names and title. Cover: red background; gold lettering; authors' names and titles on spine.

Historical information

Don Chipp was a former Liberal Party politician. He was the founder of the Australian Democrats in 1977 and gained the balance of power in the Senate. The foreword is written by John Gorton (former Liberal Prime Minister) and an afterword by RJ Hawke (former ALP Prime Minister). Section titles: 1. In the beginning 2. Inside Canberra: Menzies to Fraser 3. Moving on 4. Present shock

Significance

Biographical and political interest (Australia).

The bitter fight : a pictorial history of the Australian labor movement

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: red and black background; illustrations in yellow; black and white text.

Historical information

A pictorial history of the labour movement, the book encourages labour and socialist organisations to preserve historical documents and other artefacts thus ensuring that there is an accurate history for the future.

Significance

Pictorial history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

The Roosevelts (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 341 pages. Front cover: grey background; five black and white photographs; red and black lettering; author's name and title. Black hard cover - cloth and paper.

Historical information

Biography of Theodore and Franklin Roosevelt. Theodore Roosevelt was President of the USA from 1901 to 1909. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1906.

Significance

Political (USA) and biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Purchase price - $6 - in pencil.

Keating: The Inside Story (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 594 pages. Front cover: brown background; colour photo of Paul Keating; gold and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

A biography. Paul Keating was Treasurer in the Hawke ALP government. He succeeded Bob Hawke as Prime Minister of Australia following a successful leadership challenge. Keating was defeated by John Howard in the 1996 election.

Significance

Biographical, political.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp in red ink: "rejected copy - not for sale - under copyright".

Off the record : The private papers of Harry S. Truman (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 448 pages. Dustjacket: plastic covering; white background; black and white photograph of Harry S. Truman; editor's name and title. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Harry Truman's private diaries, letters and other materials. The book covers Truman's time as president of the United States up until his death. Truman was a United States Senator from Missouri (1935–1945), became USA Vice President (1945); he became President later in 1945 when Franklin D. Roosevelt passed away and then held office until 1953.

Significance

Historical, political and biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Caulfield-Malvern Regional Library: library coding, cancelled stamp.

Twenty years hard Labor (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 212 pages. Dust jacket: yellow background; red and black photographs of former ALP leaders (e.g. Curtin, Whitlam, Calwell); red and white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: red; gold lettering; author's name and title on spine.

Historical information

Documents Haylen's disappointment with the ALP and parliament. He was particularly unhappy with the right wing of the party. Haylen was a federal parliamentarian in the 1940s. He also had a career as a writer and journalist.

Significance

First hand - political, autobiographical.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inscribed in pencil: "Shop 11, Political 14".

Raising my voice : the extraordinary story of the Afghan woman who dares to speak out

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Paper; book. Front cover: white background; author's picture; red, black and grey lettering.

Historical information

Malalai Joya is an activist in Afghanistan. She was a national politician but was dismissed from parliament for exposing warlords and war criminals in the parliament.

Significance

Relevant to politics and social activism in Afghanistan. Autobiographical relevance - Malalai Joya.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: author's name & title.