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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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Framework of flesh : Builders' Labourers battle for health and safety

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

An oral history. "McQueen uses labourers' own words to retell their battles around scaffolding and shithouses, for the safe removal of asbestos, prompt and adequate compensation, and a decent burial. The stories start in convict times and cover the six states and the ACT. The labourers' struggle for health and safety is followed into their dismantling of the framework of fear erected by the Building and Construction Commission. By tracking on-the-job experiences of demolishers, dog-men, hod-carriers and navvies, McQueen confirms the conviction of an early official of the BLF, Ben Mulvogue: "A union constitutes a school for the working class, wherein they learn self-reliance, learn their rights, privileges, opportunities, as well as their possibilities. Every new demand for better physical protection of the workers ensures a great ideal development for a future generation.'"--Publisher's website.

Significance

Relevant to the history of health and safety in the building industry and the building unions.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

A short history of Australia: new and revised edition

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Hardback with dustjacket; green and white background; black lettering; 274 pages.

Historical information

History of Australia: 1788-1969.

Significance

Some references to Ballarat including the Monster Meeting and the Eureka Stockade.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Author's name and title; white round price sticker. Back cover: Author's biography and other publications.

Hayden

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Cover: Separate photos of Bill Hayden and a house - sepia tones.

Historical information

An autobiography of ALP MP Bill Hayden, formerly leader of the opposition. Hayden relinquished this role, after which Bob Hawke became leader and won the 1983 election. Hayden served as Governor General from 1989-1996.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the Australian Labor Party and Australian political history. Biographical interest - Bill Hayden.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author name.

The Pauline Hanson story: By the man who knows (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 338 pages. Cover: black and white background; colour photographs of Pauline Hanson and John Pasquarelli; black and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Former political advisor, John Pasquarelli, writes of Pauline Hanson's extraordinary rise within Federal politics in the nineties. Pasquarelli was Ms Hanson's advisor until she dismissed him; he subsequently lodged an unfair dismissal against her. Hanson was preselected Liberal Party candidate for Oxley in 1996, but disendorsed before the election. She successfully ran as an independent candidate and subsequently founded the One Nation Party.

Significance

Political - One Nation Party.

Rally to Save Ballarat TAFE - Federation University, Mt Helen

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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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).

W. G. Spence and the rise of the trade unions

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 56 pages. Cover: pink and white background; illustration of a union members' gathering; white and black lettering; author's name and title. Australian Landmarks series.

Historical information

Contents: 1. Masters and servants 2. Miners 3. Shearers and bushworkers 4. The new unionism 5. Conflict and clash 6. Parliaments and unions Spence played a considerable role in the development of craft and industrial unions including the Shearers Union. He attended the 7th Intercolonial Trades Union Congress in 1891 and supported the Australasian Federation of Labour, which envisaged a firm link between industrial and political organization.

Significance

Direct relevance to unionism in Ballarat and the 7th Intercolonial Trades Union Congress.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page: name - unreadable.

Statesmen, leaders and losers : the twenty-three Prime Ministers of Australia

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: white background; sepia pictures of past prime ministers surrounding a colour picture of parliament house (Canberra); blue and red lettering.

Historical information

Biography of twenty three Australian Prime Ministers: Barton, Bruce, Chifley, Cook, Curtin, Deakin, Fadden, Fisher, Forde, Fraser, Gorton, Hawke, Holt, Hughes, Lyons, McEwen, McMahon, Menzies, Page, Reid, Scullin, Watson, Whitlam.

Significance

Relevant to Australian history and politics. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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".

Minutes of meetings. Federated Carters and Drivers' Industrial Union of Australia, Ballarat Branch

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper. 4 bound volumes.

Historical information

Several smaller transport and carters' unions preceded the Federated Carters and Drivers' Industrial Union of Australia. In 1906, smaller carters' unions organised and registered together as Federated Carters and Drivers' Industrial Union of Australia (FCDIUA). FCDIUA is a direct predecessor of the Transport Workers' Union.

Significance

The minutes are a record of decisions and discussion by FCDIUA in Ballarat over the period of 1911-1928.

So we take comfort (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 283 pages. Dustjacket: purple background; pink and white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: green background; gold lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

First-hand story of Dame Enid Lyons' marriage to JA Lyons. JA Lyons was Australian Prime Minister (United Australia Party) from 1933 to 1939.

Significance

Biographical and political interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blue pen, "To Margaret. Graduation Day 5-5-66. John [surname illegible].

Photograph: Graeme Shearer and Bernie Constable

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Graeme Shearer is a former Secretary of Ballarat Trades Hall. He retired after 25 years of service in 2009. 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. In the picture, Bernie and Graeme are holding the Southern Cross flag.

The Last Brother : The Rise and Fall of Teddy Kennedy (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 626 pages. Cover: black background; black and white photo of Ted Kennedy; red and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Edward Kennedy served in the United States Senate for 47 years. He is brother to President J.F. Kennedy who was assassinated in 1963 and Robert Kennedy who was assassinated in 1968. Edward Kennedy died in 1997 from brain cancer.

Significance

Biographical and US political interest.

Our Revolution: A Future to Believe In

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Hardcover book. Front cover: faun background; blue and red edges; blue and black picture of Bernie Sanders waving; blue, red and black lettering. Back cover: black and red lettering; background and edging as above.

Historical information

First-hand insights into Bernie Sanders' campaign (an policy platform) to become Presidential candidate for the Democrats in 2016. He was beaten by Hillary Clinton. Clinton subsequently lost to Donald Trump (Republican Party) in the actual election.

Significance

Pertinent to history of USA and its presidential elections.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name. Back cover: description; recommendations; excerpts.

Stirring the possum

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book. Front cover: author's photograph.

Historical information

Autobiography of James McClelland who was a NSW state MP, a solicitor and a senator in the Whitlam ministry. Whilst he was an ally of Santamaria, he did not join the DLP. He was also appointed as a judge in 1980 and in 1984 headed the Royal Commission into Maralinga.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the ALP and the legal system in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Photograph: Kim Beazley, Marg Card, Karen Overington, Dianne Hadden

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Kim Beazley, Marg Card, Karen Overington, Dianne Hadden Kim Beazley is a former diplomat, he was an ALP federal MP, deputy prime minister and leader of the opposition. Beazley was part of the Hawke/Keating cabinet and served in such roles as Minister for Defence and Minister for Finance. Dianne Hadden was an ALP member, but resigned and became an independent. She served in the Victorian Legislative Council from 1999-2006. Ms Hadden stood for the Legislative Assembly seat of Ballarat East in 2007, but was unsuccessful. Marg Card unsuccessfully contested the 1998 federal election for the seat of Ballarat. She served as a councillor and mayor at the Moorabool Shire. 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.

Never Give In!: The Best of Winston Churchill's Speeches (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 524 pages. Front cover: white background; two-tone picture of Winston Churchill with crowd; black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Compiled by the grandson of Winston Churchill. Churchill was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and 1951 to 1955.

Significance

Biographical and historical interest.

Photograph: Ron Saines, Cr John Barnes, Mary Caddy at Trades Hall Dinner

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Ron Saines, Cr John Barnes, Mary Caddy at Trades Hall Dinner Ron Saines is currently a magistrate in Geelong, Victoria. John Barnes served as a councillor for the City of Ballarat and was Mayor from 2004-2005. He is currently the Ballarat Residents and Ratepayers Association's governance working group convener.

Photograph: Steve Bracks and Betty Borchers

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Steve Bracks and Betty Borchers at Trades Hall Dinner. 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

The front of the photograph is signed by Steve Bracks.

Heart of a queen: Queen Victoria's romantic attachments (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 272 pages. Dust jacket: black background; colour portrait of Queen Victoria; white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: blue background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Queen Victoria was queen of England from 1837 to 1901. The book is a biographical account of six major friendships and relationships: Lord Melbourne; Prince Albert; Napoleon III; John Brown; Disraeli; and Munshi.

Significance

Biographical interest. Monarchy - United Kingdom.

Photograph: Adele Sekhon, Fred Commons, Norm Borchers, John Bowen at trivia night

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Adele Sekhon, Fred Commons, Norm Borchers, John Bowen at trivia night Adele Sekhon is a psychologist in Ballarat. 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.

Private lives - public heritage : family snapshots as history

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper. Front cover: red background; black and white photograph; white text.

Historical information

From a Museum of Victoria project where over two thousand family photos were entered into a pictorial database. Includes material from Ballarat and Manangatang.

Significance

Pictorial history of social life, customs and families, including some material from the Ballarat district.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: authors' 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.

Enoch Powell on immigration (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 158 pages. Front cover: white background; black, red and white lettering; image of Union Jack; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Enoch Powell was a Conservative Member of Parliament 1950–74 and later represented the Ulster Unionist Party 1974–87. He made four controversial statements on immigration; the book provides critical analysis of Powell's statements, his reasoning and the statistics he uses.

Significance

Political analysis/criticism.

Inscriptions & Markings

Two red remainder sale marks.

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.

Part of the furniture : moments in the history of the Federated Furniture Trades Society of Victoria

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; hardcover. Front cover: hardcover with dustjacketp; brown and white cover; white and grey lettering.

Historical information

Lynn Beaton narrrates the social history of the Victorian Branch of the Federated Furnishing Trades Society from 1856 to 2001.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the trade union movement in Victoria. The author, Lynn Beaton, was a PhD student at Federation University, Ballarat. Her thesis topic was the history of Trades Hall, Ballarat. Sadly, Lynn passed away before completing her thesis.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Under Minerva's gaze : 150 years at the Ballaarat Mechanics' Insititute

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: blue sky background; photograph of the Ballarat Mechanics' Institute Building; white and black lettering.

Historical information

BMI history up to the present. Coverage of other cultural institutions and the cultural community of Ballarat. The book includes essays from various contributors and treats the history of the building, functions of the Institute and people involved over time.

Significance

Relevant to the Ballarat district, it's cultural life, social customs, people and architecture.

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: editors' names and title

Cheshire VC: A story of war and peace (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 256 pages. Cover: yellow background; gold lettering; author's name and title. Dustcover: one ripped piece available that describes the subject of the book. Remainder destroyed/lost.

Historical information

Biographical account of Leonard Cheshire who was a pilot in World War II and was highly decorated throughout his military career. He was also the founder of a disability charity fund that bears his name. The book is cited as being a realistic account.

Significance

Military history - WWII. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Illegible name in blue ink - inside cover.

The Hawke memoirs (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: blue, black and white with a photograph of Bob Hawke.

Historical information

Bob Hawke was a union leader and subsequently became Prime Minister of Australia. He became Prime Minister in 1983 and was ultimately usurped as by ALP treasurer, Paul Keating, in 1991.

Significance

Relevant to the history of Australian Labor Party and Australian parliamentary politics. Autobiographical interest - Bob Hawke.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Title and a facsimile of Bob Hawke's signature.

National Tertiary Education Union: A most unlikely union

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book; 351 pages. Front cover: white background; red, white and blue text; black and white photo of NTEU members (including Ryan Hsu of Swinburne University) protesting with the Australian Education Union in 2012. Back cover: red and black text.

Historical information

The NTEU was formed out of the amalgamation of ACUSA and FAUSA in the 1990s. It represents academic, general/professional and research staff, ELICOS/TESOL teachers and staff of research institutes, student unions, university companies, and (in Victoria) TAFE general staff and staff in Adult & Community Education. It is a smaller union in comparison to AEU.

Significance

Significant to union representation and rights within the post-secondary education sector.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title. Back cover: recommendations by Simon Marginson and Raewyn Connell; author bio and summary of content.

The Life of Alexander Hamilton: An essay on American Union (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 474 pages. Cover: blue background; blue and gold decorative patterning; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Alexander Hamilton (1755/57-1804). Hamilton was of the Federalist Party and the New York delegate to the 1787 Constitutional Convention; he was author of Federalist papers and first secretary of the treasury of the US. Hamilton was killed in a duel.

Significance

Politics and history - United States of America. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Purple stamp: "The Book Depot, Castlereagh Street, Sydney".