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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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Workers' inferno: The untold story of the Esso workers 20 years after the explosion

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book with bookmark; 199 pages. Cover: blue background; white, yellow and black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

This book an exposition of a workplace tragedy at an Esso operation (a subsidiary of Exxon Corporation) at Longford, Victoria in 1998. A piece of processing equipment exploded and caught fire. Two workers were killed and many others were injured. The fire burned for two days. Gas supply to most customers (apart from essential services) was cut off for a significant period of time. A Royal Commission was subsequently established, during which Esso sought to minimise its own responsibility for the incident and cast blame upon the individual operators. The book is principally a story of and from the those persons who were impacted by the Longford incident.

Significance

Workplace health and safety. Biographical interest.

Ben Chifley : a biography (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 428 pages. Cover: white background; black and white photograph of Ben Chifley; white lettering; author's name and title. Includes some loose newspaper clippings.

Historical information

Biography of Ben Chifley who served as leader of the Labor Party; he was Prime Minister post-World War II (from 1945 to 1949).

Significance

Relevant to Australia's political history and to the history of the ALP. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp: "Booked Out".

The rise and rise of Kerry Packer (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 704 pages. Cover: black background; black and white picture of Kerry Packer; purple and gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Kerry Packer was an Australian billionaire and media owner. At one time, Packer owned Nine TV and Australian Consolidated Press. He also founded World Series Cricket. He died in 2005.

Significance

Biographical interest. Australian media.

Punks for West Papua : The documentary

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

DVD. Cover: photographs, coloured black, white, red and blue.

Historical information

Jody Bartolo and his band 'Diggers with Attitude' founded Punks for West Papua with the aim to raise money and awareness for the Free West Papua cause. West Papua was overtaken in 1969 by a rigged vote by Indonesia. The Indonesian military has killed hundreds of thousands of West Papuans since then. There has been a ban on journalists and foreign aid to enter West Papua which means that the killings of hundreds of thousands of West Papuans by Indonesian military have been kept secret. The West Papuan plight has thus not received due attention over a significant number of years. Teaser clip available at: http://www.hiredguntv.com/yatte-yattah.html

Significance

Relevant to the history of West Papua and the Indonesian military presence and violence. Use of music to draw attention to the issues faced by West Papua.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and film maker's name; awards won; West Papuan flag. Back cover: short description of content; quote from Benny Wenda, Leader of the Free West Papua Campaign, United Liberation Movement for West Papua.

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.

The Right Hon W.E. Gladstone (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 289 pages. Cover: red background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

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

Significance

Political, historical and biographical interest - Victorian England.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside: stamp "Gilbert N Cassidy, 42 Minchinbury Tce, Marion, South Australia, 5043". Inside: typewritten pasted note - "If thou art borrowed by a friend, Right welcome shall be to read, to study not to lend, but to return to me. Not that imparted knowledge doth dimish learning's store, but books I find when once they're lent, return to me no more."

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"

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.

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.

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.

AFMEU Occupational Health and Safety Manual 1994

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book.

Historical information

Automotive, Food, Metal & Engineering Union (AFMEU). The AFMEU has existed under various names over time. After many amalgamations, it is currently under the Australian Manufacturing Workers Union (AMWU). An historical timeline for the union(s) can be found at http://www.vicunions.org.au/affiliates

Significance

Historical document. Significant to occupational health and safety, particularly for members of the AFMEU and people working in the automobile industry.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and year. Back cover: advertising.

Goldrush doctors at Ballaarat

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

Barry Jones: A thinking reed

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: picture of Barry Jones in front of bookcase.

Historical information

Autobiography of Barry Jones who was a quiz champion, school teacher, crusader against the death penalty, National President of the ALP and Federal Minister for Science.

Significance

Autobiographical interest and relevant to Australian politics.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author.

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.

Correspondence, deeds, printed regulations of the Council re the Trades Hall Building. (Includes one issue of the Ballarat Star, 29 May 1885 with advertisement of the 1885 annual meeting.)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper in one folder.

Historical information

The Ballarat Trades and Labour Council was formed in May 1882 and known as the Eight Hours Anniversary Committee. The Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council has been in existence from 1883 to the present day.

Significance

The documents are a core historical source of information about the history of the BTLC building. The building is part of the rich history of unionism within the region.

The last Edwardian at No. 10 : An impression of Harold Macmillan (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 156 pages. Dustcover: yellow background; blue lettering; author's name and title; two-tone picture of Harold McMillan. Cover: blue background; silver lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Harold McMillan who was the UK Prime Minister from 1957-1963. He represented the Conservative Party.

Significance

Biographical interest. UK politics and history.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blue ink: To my pal, Happy days and musical moments, from your pal, 23 February 1980.

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.

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.

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".

Story of my life (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 396 pages. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title. Library card envelope glued to the inside cover.

Historical information

Autobiography of Golda Meir. Golda Meir was the first and only female prime minister of Israel, from 1969 to 1974.

Significance

Politics - Israel. Autobiographical interest - Golda Meir.

Inscriptions & Markings

Red biro, "50P". Library stamps: "WITHDRAWN FOR SALE FROM ENFIELD LIBRARIES" & "London Borough of Enfield Public Libraries: P15527"

Whitlam to Winston (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 254 pages. Dustjacket: orange background; black and white photographs of PMs Whitlam and Howard with their arms up; pink, black and white text. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Entertaining anecdotes about the Australian national parliament and personalities.

Significance

Political relevance. Infotainment.

Minutes of meetings of the Ballarat Unemployed Association

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper, two bound volumes (E97/27/1-2)

Historical information

The Ballarat Unemployed Association was a collective in the 1930s advocating for the welfare and rights of unemployed persons. For example, a deputation from BUA approached council in 1931 with a request to waive council rate payments in exchange for volunteer labour.

Significance

Of significance to matters of employment and social equity in the Ballarat region.

Labor Essays 1997: Renewing and Revitalising Labor

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book; green, black and orange cover.

Historical information

Annual collection of labor essays.

Significance

Significant to ALP policy platform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title; editor's and contributors' names.

FBI 100 years: An unofficial history (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 252 pages. Dustjacket: black background; Department of Justice FBI insignia; white and gold lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black background; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Contents: The "Wild West" years : Teddy's trust-busting detective force -- J. Edgar Hoover : the man with the secrets -- Gangbusters -- Blacklists, blackmail, and McCarthyism -- Civil rights, the KKK, and political unrest -- Bringing down the syndicate : investigating organized crime and political miscreants -- Spybusters -- Standoffs gone bad : confronting Ruby Ridge, Waco, and other disasters -- "Sneak and peak" : domestic surveillance and wiretapping. FBI is responsible for domestic intelligence and security in the USA.

Significance

History, civil rights, politics - FBI (USA).

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.

Labour History No. 75, 1998

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 1 volume; 250 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.

The Life and Death of Harold Holt

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: sepia photograph of Harold Holt; light blue text.

Historical information

Biography. A profile of the life and circumstances surrounding the disappearance of Prime Minister Harold Holt in 1967.

Significance

Relevant to Australian political history and the Liberal Party.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Handbook of moral philosophy (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 277 pages. Cover: brown background; gold lettering on spine; 55 pages scientific catalogue.

Historical information

The book explores: The psychology of ethics Man's moral nature as cognitive Impulses and restraints belonging to the nature of man The will Moral sentiments Disorder of our moral nature Metaphysic of ethics Applied ethics

Significance

Broad societal relevance.

Inscriptions & Markings

Ballarat East Public Library slip is glued to the inside cover and stamped in red "CANCELLED". "Bay 01S5 is written on the slip in blue pencil. Book number is written in as number 46. This number also appears on the book spine.

Photograph: Karen Jennings and Danny Michell at Trades Hall dinner

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Karen Jennings and Danny Michell at Trades Hall dinner. Includes other persons who are not identified. Danny Michell has been an active ALP member.

World politics : trend and transformation, 12th ed

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.