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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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Photograph: Labour Day March - Ballarat - 2019

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

8 colour photographs; soft copy.

Historical information

Labour Day originates from the eight-hour day movement - eight hours for work, eight hours for recreation, and eight hours for rest. On 21 April 1856 Stonemasons and building workers on building sites around Melbourne, Australia, stopped work and marched from the University of Melbourne to Parliament House to achieve an eight-hour day. Their direct action protest was a success, and they are noted as the first organised workers in the world to achieve an eight-hour day with no loss of pay, which subsequently inspired the celebration of Labour Day and May Day. (Wikipedia, 12 March 2019: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_Australia#Labour_Day) The eight-hours campaign ran contemporaneously in Ballarat. -------- The Labour day parade is an annual event in Ballarat. All unions and individuals are welcome to attend. Ballarat Labour Day march is held at the same date as the Begonia Festival parade; inception of the Begonia Festival was several decades later in 1953. -------- Photo 1 Labour Day march: We are Union banner and AMIWU banner with people. Photo 2 Labour Day march: We are Union, Trades Hall, Free West Papua banners, Trades Hall ute, various individuals including Don Henderson, Jenny Beacham, Tracey Brown, Simon Hammersley, Moses, Ben Davison, Angela McCarthy, Eddie Beacham, Gary Carton, Bob Bassett, Colin Muir, et al. Photo 3 Labour Day march: We are Union, ANMF, Trades Hall banners, various individuals including Don Henderson, Jenny Beacham, Tracey Brown, Simon Hammersley, Moses, Ben Davison, Angela McCarthy, Eddie Beacham, Gary Carton, Bob Bassett, Colin Muir, Ron Woods et al. Photo 4 Labour Day march: Change the Rules and AMIWU banners, various persons including Chris Kelly, Angela McCarthy, Ross Kenna, et al. Photo 5 Labour Day barbeque: Various persons including Allen Townsend, Fred Ladiges, Cameron McIntyre, Judy Henderson, Don Henderson, Cameron Bannam, Janine Brownlee, Dave Brownlee, Bernie Constable, Ian Fullerton, Ben Davison, et al. Photo 6 Labour Day barbeque group photograph: Various persons including Moses, Emma Pritchard, Kamuda, Allen Townsend, Tess Marshall, Chris Kelly, Fred Ladiges, Ross Kenna, Ben Davison, Don Henderson, Judy Henderson, Gabriel Waldron, Cameron McIntyre, Orry Pilven, Lana Cormie, Bob Bassett, Clinton Bannam, Angela McCarthy, Tracey Brown, Ron Woods, Ian Fullerton, Colin Muir, et al. Photo 7 Labour Day barbeque group photograph: Various persons including Moses, Emma Pritchard, Kamuda, Allen Townsend, Tess Marshall, Chris Kelly, Fred Ladiges, Ross Kenna, Ben Davison, Don Henderson, Judy Henderson, Gabriel Waldron, Cameron McIntyre, Orry Pilven, Lana Cormie, Bob Bassett, Clinton Bannam, Angela McCarthy, Tracey Brown, Ron Woods, Ian Fullerton, Colin Muir, et al. Photo 8 Labour Day March: We are Union banner, various persons including Chris Kelly, Angela McCarthy, Clinton Bannam, Orrie and Gem Pilven, Janine Brownlee, et al.

Significance

Significant to the inception of the eight hour day, history of unions and campaigns in Australia and the current Change the Rules campaign.

Employer power and weakness : how local and global factors have shaped Australia's meat industry and its industrial relations

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: Purple and white background; colour picture of meat worker at work.

Historical information

This book explores the choices employers have made and the reasons behind those choices in the context of the national economy, global meat trade and period of severe booms and busts.

Significance

Relevant to industrial relations and the Australian and global meat trade.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author name and title.

Of labour and liberty: distributism in Victoria 1891-1966

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; paper. Cover: blue background; white and orange lettering.

Historical information

Mathews writes about the future of work, social freedom and employment - reshaping of economics to authentically serve the interests of the community. Includes discourse about citizenship and attitudes towards politics and politicians, and history of Catholic social thinkers and activists in Australia. Race Mathews (author) has held many political roles and elected positions at federal and local levels.

Significance

Political, social and economic relevance.

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.

Jefferson Davis: The real and the unreal (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 698 pages. Dustjacket: light brown background; artistic impression of Jefferson Davis and confederate flag; green and blue lettering; author's name and title. Cover: green background; gold lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

Historical and biographical account of Jefferson Davis. Davis was the President of the Confederate States - 1861 to 1865.

Significance

Political (USA) and biographical.

Pin: Organized labor the hope of the world 1909

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Pin. Round. Sterling silver.

Historical information

This pin was created by Miss Annie Emily Gardner to raise relief money to support industrial unrest in Newcastle. It was reported in the Newcastle Morning Herald that Miss Gardner was vice-president of the Women's Organising Committee of the Political Labour League. A copy of an advertisement for the pin has been uploaded here. Price of the silver pin was 2/- and gold 15/6. Photograph of the pin - to come. Donated to Ballarat Trades Hall by John Mildren.

Significance

Significant to industrial action, union organising and the labour movement in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Silver anchor superimposed over a white globe (with silver latitude and longitude lines). A safety pin is welded to the back. Blue outer circle with inscription: "Organized labor the hope of the world 1909". Inscription on the back: "USA ???" in very tiny font.

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.

Newspaper clipping: Bravo Ballarat boy [Steve Bracks]

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

Labour History No. 76, 1999

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 1 volume; 234 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.

Photograph: Frank Sheehan, campaign poster

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Frank Sheehan was the state member for Ballarat South from 1982 to 1992.

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.

Eureka songs : freedom, struggle, protest and peace : a collection of songs celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade 3 December, 1854

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: sky blue background with images of clouds; image of the Southern Cross flag; blue text.

Historical information

Songs are written by various artists. The songs are a continuation of the aims of the Ballarat Reform League, founded by Ballarat miners in November 1854.

Significance

Historical relevance - Eureka Stockade and beyond.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: editor's name and title.

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.

A short history of the British Workers

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

HisotryWritten by a socialist, Raymond Postgate, chapter headings are as follows: A short history of the British workers / Raymond W. Postgate (1926) ; A pocket history of the British workers / Raymond W. Postgate (1937) ; A pocket history of the British working class / Raymond W. Postgate ; A worker looks at history / Mark Starr (1918) ; Outlines of the history of the modern British working class movement / Will W. Crank ; A short primer of industrial history / W. Riddick.

Significance

Relevant to the history of Labor and the working class in Great Britain. NB: These chapters were written in the early twentieth century.

Journal of Australasian mining history 2006

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback. Front cover: crème coloured background; black and white photo; red and black lettering; 200 pages.

Historical information

Periodical/journal: "Embracing all aspects of mining history, mining archaeology and heritage." Articles by various contributors includes topics around mining history: Keelbottom Freehold Copper Mines Cornish, Scottish and Australian copper mining Moonta OH&S Emuford Battery Copper mining - Northern Territory Thames Miners Union Blackwater gold mine - New Zealand Burra St Wells Tin Mine

Significance

Relevant to Australian and New Zealand history, particularly around miners and mining.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and publisher.

General Smuts (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 394 pages. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Jan Smuts (1870-1950) who was a South African soldier, statesman and politician. He promoted South Africa's role in the British Commonwealth.

Significance

History - South Africa and British Commonwealth. Politics and government. Wars.

Inscriptions & Markings

Library stamps: Carey Baptist Grammar. In black textacolour: 3973. In black textacolour: dewey decimal code on the spine.

The great Labor schism : a retrospective

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Blue and white cover with red and black writing.

Historical information

A collection of chapters by different historians and writers; the book is about the 1955 split in the Australian Labor Party (ALP) and its longer-term effects.

Significance

Significant to the history of the ALP around 1955 and subsequent formation of the DLP. Includes interference by the Groupers, Bob Santamaria and other characters.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title and names of editors on the front cover.

The Australian Labor movement 1850-1907 : historical documents / extracts from contemporary documents

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Beginnings of the Australian labour movement and the ideas and circumstances that shaped it over the period 1850-1907.

Significance

Australian labour movement history - 19th Century.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Worse than Watergate: The secret Presidency of George W. Bush (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 253 pages. Cover: white background; colour photograph with George W. Bush in the foreground and Dick Cheney at the back; black, red and grey lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

A scathing appraisal of the Bush-Cheney administration from an insider. Includes international relations, approach to warfare, civil liberties.

Significance

USA politics.

One Crowded Hour

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

Great Frasers of our time

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: red background; sepia photograph of Malcolm Fraser at a podium marked with the Liberal brand; black and white lettering.

Historical information

Malcolm Fraser was a Liberal Party Prime Minister of Australia from 1975 to 1983. He was appointed as caretaker Prime Minister following the dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975 and subsequently won the double dissolution election. He was defeated by Bob Hawke in 1983. After exiting the parliament, Fraser became an advocate for human rights and international aid. This book is a humourous pictorial record.

Significance

Entertainment value. Relevant to the history of the Liberal Party Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Speech bubble, "Amazing scenes in living black and white."; title.

Collingwood Coke

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: brown theme/background; picture of houses and a cobblestone street; brown lettering.

Historical information

Set in the Great Depression. About unemployed people living in Collingwood and the role of the Methodist mission in caring for poor people in the area.

Significance

Relevant to Australian history in the Great Depression, particularly in Collingwood.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Proposition and clearance forms for members. Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Ballarat Branch.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper in folder.

Historical information

The membership was affiliated with its British parent union from the 1850s. It officially registered as Australian District of Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in 1911. In 1945 it changed its name to Building Workers' Industrial Union (BWIU). The BWIU was deregistered in 1948 and re-formed in 1952. After subsequent amalgamations, the Australian Workers Union (AWU) now has coverage of these members.

Significance

Demonstrates union practices.

War on the wharves : a cartoon history

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Cover: black and white; cartoon on the front cover.

Historical information

A cartoon history of the 1998 waterfront dispute.

Significance

Relevant to the history of unions (especially the MUA) and industrial relations.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: editor, author of foreword and title.

The church on Bakery Hill: St Paul's Ballarat and its place in the community

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 296 pages. Front cover: orange and black photograph of Ballarat cityscape including St Paul's church; white lettering; author's and photographer's names and title.

Historical information

A story of the St Paul's Anglican Church on Bakery Hill, Ballarat, and its role in people's lives and the community.

Significance

Historical - Ballarat.

When Was That? A Chronicle of Australia from 1788

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Important events in Australian history recorded chronologically.

Significance

Historical - Australia. Reference.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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".

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.

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.

Contribution book. Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Ballarat Branch.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper

Historical information

The membership began affiliation with its British parent union from the 1850s. It officially registered as Australian District of Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners in 1911. In 1945 it changed its name to Building Workers' Industrial Union (BWIU). The BWIU was deregistered in 1948 and re-formed in 1952. After subsequent amalgamations, the Australian Workers Union (AWU) now has coverage of these members.

Significance

Records income/member contributions to the union.