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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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699 items

699 items

Victoria Parliamentary Acts 1928. No 5

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Paper; book

Historical information

Parliamentary Acts 1928; 3721-3740.

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 cardigan mine disaster (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 58 pages. Front cover: light green background; dark green graphic of the mine; black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

An account of the flooding of the Cardigan mine (near Ballarat) in 1902. Four men died and five were rescued from the mine.

Significance

Workplace safety and Ballarat historical relevance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page: price - $18.50 - in pencil.

With Stanley on the Congo

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

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".

Trafalgar: The Nelson touch (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 256 pages. Dust jacket: picture of ships; white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title on spine.

Historical information

An account of the battle in which Nelson died. The battle ended Napoleon's chances of invading England

Significance

History - United Kingdom. Warfare - naval military.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Merry Christmas sweetheart 1975, Lee" in black ink.

E.J. Rowe (Ted Rowe) - collected documents

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Copies of press clippings and other documents.

Historical information

Ted Rowe was a delegate of the Amalgamated Engineering Union and was Ballarat Trades Hall President for two years - 1941-1942. He was also an activist in the Communist Party of Australia. The collection includes a memoir from one of Rowe's descendants. Original documents not held. Items are print-outs and photocopies. 1. Sydney Morning Herald (NSW), 18/5/1949, Communists Seek Control of Powerful A.E.U. 2. Tribune (NSW), 25/8/48, Party Life 3. Tribune (NSW), 5/10/60, Passing of "Ted" Rowe 4. Tribune (NSW), 12/10/60, FUNERAL ORATION FOR E.J. (TED) ROWE: "Outstanding son of working class, Party" 5. Tribune (NSW), 12/10/1960, TED ROWE'S FUNERAL 6. Tribune (NSW), 19/10/60, Ted Rowe: Last Respects 7. Olive, Doug (Communist Party of Australia, Queensland), n.d., "The Queensland Railway Strike" (excerpts) 8. Moloney, Gary (descendent/grandson), "Memories of E.J. Rowe"

Significance

Trade union history and of particular significance to Ballarat Trades and Labour Council and the Amalgamated Engineering Union.

The world's great speeches (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 748 pages. Cover: red background; gold lettering; title on the spine.

Historical information

The book is a series of speeches from the United Kingdom, United States of America and other nations from Pericles to the second world war. It includes a speech by Cardinal Henry Manning on anti-Semitism; Manning's portrait hangs in the Ballarat Trades Hall Council chamber as he was a key player in the London dock strikes in the 1890s.

Significance

Religion, politics, social issues.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blank ink: "For a very happy birthday. Aug. 8th 1946" In blue ink: "D.H. Woodward"

All honourable men: Corruption and compromise in American life (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 342 pages. Dustjacket: plastic cover; black background; red and white lettering; red graphic of people; author's name and title. Cover: black background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Contents Introduction: scandals without scoundrels -- Business: away of life -- Government: quis custodiet inches per secondos custodes? -- Mass media: the generation of the lie -- Conclusion: a gentle consensus.

Significance

Social, political and business ethics - United States.

Inscriptions & Markings

Bendigo Library Regulations pasted inside the book. Stamp: "Bendigo Regional Library Service". Stamp: "47201". Due date page is glued to back pages. Library card envelope is glued inside the back cover and stamped "KYNETON".

Alfred Deakin: A biography (Vol 2)

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Hardcover - book; 348 pages. Cover dust jacket: black and white lettering; faded. Cover without dust jacket: green cloth; gold lettering.

Historical information

Alfred Deakin was one of the founding fathers of Federation and was Prime Minister of Australia over the periods 1903-1904, 1905-1908 and 1909-1910. He was the federal member for Ballaarat from 1901-1913 and was attorney general in the Barton government. He also served in the State of Victoria parliament. In his second term, Deakin's government passed the Census and Statistics Act 1905, Papua Act 1905, Representation Act 1905 and Copyright Act 1905. The book is based on Deakin's private papers, writings, private and official materials. This is volume two of a two volume set. Index: 15. Australian Correspondent 16. Three Elevens 17. "A Notice to Quit"? 18. "Nation Building", 1905-1908 19. New Hebrides 20. New Guinea and Hubert Murray 21. Empire 22. London, 1907 23. The Defence of Australia 24. Fusion, 1909 25. "Harvest" and Defeat 26. "Mercy of Release" 27. "A Shadow in a Dream" 28. "Content and more than Content" Appendices: I. Victorian Ministries, 1877-1900 II. Commonwealth Ministries, 1901-1914

Significance

Biographical interest. Relevance to history of Ballarat and Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

The book is stamped "The private library of Rex Testro" on title page and on the page following the index.

Photograph: Betty Borchers, Hazel Hawke (wife of Prime Minister, Bob Hawke) and John Milden, Member for Ballarat

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Hazel Hawke was the wife of Bob Hawke (Australian Prime Minister). John Mildren was a state Member for Ballarat. Betty Borchers worked as a legal secretary. She was active in the Ballarat ALP and is the wife of Norm Borchers.

Correspondence with the Central Unemployed Committee, Melbourne. Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union

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Paper in folder.

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) Central Unemployed Committee was established in Melbourne by Victorian Trades Hall Council in 1933. The Committee was known to actively lobby against work for the dole schemes.

Significance

The file forms part of the history of "unemployed unions" during The Great Depression. It also highlights attempts by previous Australian governments to impose "work for the dole" on to unemployed persons in exchange for unemployment benefits.

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.

Photograph: Trades Hall building architects' design

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper - architects' plans.

Historical information

Original architects' drawings for the construction of Trades Hall, Ballarat. November 5th 1886 the building committee called for tenders for the erection of a Trades Hall on the following conditions. The amount to be expended to be no more than £3,000; bluestone foundations; the front of the building to be of Grampians freestone and walls of brick. Building to be 3 storeys high, containing 14 rooms with a hall capable of seating 600 persons, roof to be of slate and workmanship and material to be of the best quality. The design submitted by Messrs James and Piper was accepted subject to amendment.

Significance

Relevance to the history of Trades Hall, Ballarat.

Federal Metal Industries Award 1971

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper

Historical information

Award 1971.

Significance

Relevant to the history of industrial relations and rights in the ETU.

Mein Kampf (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 627 pages. Cover: black and yellow background; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Mein Kampf is described as an introduction to the mind and methods of Adolf Hitler. The publisher's note is that the re-publication of Mein Kampf was undertaken to provide material to students of 20th Century history.

Significance

Provides context for persons studying 20th Century history.

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".

The Downing Street years (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 914 pages. Cover: blue background; colour photograph of Margaret Thatcher; gold and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Margaret Thatcher was a British politician and served as prime minister from 1979 to 1990. She was known to be against trade unions and was Prime Minister at the time of the Miners' strike (1984-1985).

Significance

Autobiographical interest. Politics - UK.

Our inheritance: Speeches and addresses (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 309 pages. Cover: blue background; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

A selection of speeches and addresses on social, political and other topics. Contents (copied from the Victorian State Library website): Harrow School War Memorial: Address delivered at the unveiling ceremony at Harrow, 3rd June 1926 -- Freedom: Speech delivered at Kingsway Hall at the 30th anniversary of the Junior Imperial League, 19th June 1926 -- The British Merchant Service: Speech delivered at the dinner of the Chamber of Shipping of the United Kingdom, 16th February 1927 -- Westminster Abbey: Appeal for funds, 1st July 1927 -- Democracy and its task: Speech delivered at the dinner of the Cambridge University Conservative Association, 4th March 1927 -- Scotland: Address delivered on the occasion of receiving the Freedom of Edinburgh, 7th June 1926 -- The romance of Edinburgh: Speech delivered at the luncheon given on the occasion of receiving the Freedom of Edinburgh, 7th June 1926 -- Wales: Speech delivered at the St. David's Day Banquet at Cardiff, 1st March 1927 -- The Earl of Oxford and Asquith: Speech delivered in the House of Commons, 16th February 1928 -- Earl Haig of Bemersyde: Speech delivered in the House of Commons, 8th February 1928 -- Among sculptors: Speech delivered at the Dinner of the Royal Society of British Sculptors, 25th February 1926 -- Among historians: Address of welcome delivered to the members of the Anglo-American Conference of Historians, 13th July 1926 -- Among archaeologists: Speech delivered at the Annual Meeting of the British School at Athens, in London, 2nd November 1926 -- Among doctors: Speech delivered at the annual dinner of the Royal Society of Medicine, 18th November 1926 -- Lister: Speech delivered on the occasion of the Lister Centenary Celebrations, 5th April 1927 -- Among scientists: Speech delivered at the dinner of the Royal Society, 30th November 1947 -- Worcestershire: Speech delivered at the inaugural banquet of the Worcestershire Association, 22nd February 1927 -- Books: Speech delivered at the dinner of the English Association, 28th October 1927 -- Cricket: Speech delivered at the luncheon given to the Australian Cricket Team, 20th April 1926 -- Lord's: The Eton and Harrow match: Introduction to Sir Home Gordon's book, "Eton v. Harrow at Lord's" -- Fly fishing : Speech delivered at the annual dinner of the Fly Fishers' Club, 24th February 1927 -- The loneliest job: Speech delivered at Worcester, 8th January 1927.

Significance

Historical, political and social - United Kingdom.

Inscriptions & Markings

In black ink: To dear papa with love Doreen. Christmas 1929.

Photograph: Matthew Jose and Lisa Cougle at Trades Hall Dinner

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Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Matthew Jose and Lisa Cougle at Trades Hall Dinner

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.

The courtesans : the press gallery in the Hawke era

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Paper; book. Front cover: black and white; newsprint; caricature of Bob Hawke; photograph of the Press Gallery.

Historical information

The relationship between the parliamentary press gallery and the ALP/Hawke government. During this time, the press gallery was more inclined to support and lean towards the government and to reject the Liberal opposition. Thus, having a very influential role.

Significance

Relevant to the history of politics in Australia and parliamentary process during the Hawke era.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title; quote from Peter Robertson - "Journalists are, on the whole, are not to be trusted."; black lettering.

In the service? : a history of Victorian Railways workers and their union

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Cover: black background, one colour picture.

Historical information

A history of the Victorian Railway Workers and their union. The union was formed from an amalgamation of various craft unions in 1911 and has involved itself in social change. The union is now part of the Australian Railways Union.

Significance

Relevant to trade union history in Victoria (Australia) and railroad employees.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: title and author's name.

Life after gold : twentieth-century Ballarat

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book, paper. Cover: yellow background, colour drawing of Sturt Street, Ballarat.

Historical information

A social history of Ballarat after the decline in gold mining. Includes analysis of population, decline in the local economy and restoring financial fortunes through tourism. Discusses effects upon Ballarat as a result of WWI and WWII.

Significance

Significant to the history of the Ballarat and the effects of gold mining, tourism and war upon the fortunes of the region. It is a companion to Weston's earlier book, "Lucky City".

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author.

Labour History No. 48-51, 1985-1986

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book (bound collection of periodicals); 539 pages. Cover: red background; gold 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.

The Real War (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 366 pages. Front cover: author's name and title.

Historical information

Richard Nixon was President of the United States from 1969 until 1974 when he resigned (to avoid impeachment) over the Watergate scandal. The book is his account of East-West relations, arguing that the USA should be world leader to maintain peace. Nixon was succeeded by Gerald Ford who issued him with a pardon.

Significance

US political and biographical relevance; international relations; international war and peace.

A history of Ballarat libraries

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Paper; book

Historical information

Commemorates the centenary of the Ballarat Library service in 1978.

Significance

Relevant to the history of Ballarat, community and library services in the region.

Photograph: Jaala Pulford MLC and John Lenders MLC

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Jaala Pulford MLC and John Lenders MLC. A third person is pictured (left), but has not been identified. The photo is taken at a bar - location unknown. Jaala Pulford has been an MLC since 2006 representing the Western Victorian Region. She currently serves as Minister for Regional Development and Deputy Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council. John Lenders served in the legislative assembly and legislative council in the period 1999 to 2014. He served in the cabinet, as Minister of Education and Treasurer in the Bracks and Brumby governments. He was appointed leader of government in the legislative council whilst the ALP were in power. John Lenders retired from politics in 2014.

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.

Photograph: ALP Campaign corflute Karen Overington and Steve Bracks

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Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: ALP Campaign corflute Karen Overington and Steve Bracks The photograph was taken during the Victorian state election campaign. The election was held in November 2006. There are two coreflute posters. One of Karen Overington and Steve Bracks side by side and the second one of Karen Overington by herself. The message on both coreflutes is: "Karen Overington MP: Delivering for Ballarat West." 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. 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.