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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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686 items

'A bit of a rebel' : the life and work of George Arnold Wood

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: orange background; black and white caricature of George Arnold Wood on the front; black text.

Historical information

George Arnold Wood (1865-1928) was an historian who founded the Australian Anti-War League in 1902 with W.A. Holman and others. He also co-founded the Teachers' Guild of NSW.

Significance

Biographical. Significant to the history of the Boer War, Teachers' Guild of NSW and Wood's research into Australian history.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Above the starry frame

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book. Front cover: image of houses surrounded by fields; image of Irwin's Provincial Hotel with people and horses and carts; white and black lettering.

Historical information

Biography of William Irwin who migrated to Australia in 1850. He was a digger and a publican during the gold rush in Ballarat. He was publican at the Star Hotel, John O'groats Hotel and the Provincial Hotel. The Star Hotel was closely connected with the story of the Eureka Stockade. The book in part draws from family correspondence.

Significance

The book's author, Helen Townsend, is Irwin's great-granddaughter. Relevance to the history of Ballarat, gold mining and the Eureka Stockade. Biographical interest - William Irwin.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author. Back cover: book synopsis; praise for the book by Tom Keneally.

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".

A brave new workplace : will the Howard government's workplace reforms make Australia better off? And how will they affect your job?

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

VHS.

Historical information

The struggle between the Howard government and the labour movement over the Work Choices legislation. Includes interviews with key players - for example, Greg Combet and John Howard - and reported by Sally Neighbour.

Significance

Relevant to the union movement and changes in workplace rights. Pertains to the history of the government of John Howard (1996-2007).

A bright future for the Ballarat Station Precinct

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Glossy light card. White background, green and black text, colour pictures of the precinct, Victorian State Government logo. One A4 flyer printed both sides.

Historical information

This leaflet is a project update about proposed redevelopment of the Ballarat railway station precinct. The project to be funded by the Victorian State Government, the Pellicano Group, Spotless and Quest.

Significance

Of community and economic significance to the Ballarat region. Impacts upon work opportunities for the community and access to the Ballarat railway station for employees and goods and services. Possible tourism growth in the region. Indicative of government position.

A brush with history : the Painters Union and the Australian labour movement

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: white background; red and black text; colour image of the union banner.

Historical information

History of the Painters Union.

Significance

Of historical significance to the union movement in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name.

A Century of Struggle: A History of the Electrical Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; hardback book; 2 copies. Front cover: blue, orange and black; white text; two-tone industry photographs.

Historical information

History of the ETU Australia, its growth and achievements.

Significance

Relevant to the history and growth of trade unions in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: Author name and title.

ACTU National Day of Protest, 15 November 2005

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

DVD

Historical information

The ACTU National Day of Protest was held in November 2005 in opposition to the Howard Coalition government's proposed WorkChoices legislation. Hundreds of thousands of people took part in the rallies.

Significance

Relevant to workplace rights and trade union activism.

A culture of power : rethinking labour movement goals for the 1990s

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: yellow background; black lettering.

Historical information

Rethinking labour movement goals for the 1990s.

Significance

Pertinent to the labour movement's history and goals.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

A documentary history of the Australian Labor Movement 1850-1975

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: red background; white text.

Historical information

History of the Australian labor movement 1850-1975: -The trade union movement -The Labor Party -The radical left Has since been revised into a three volume set that is known as Australian labor history in documents.

Significance

Relevant to trade unions, the ALP and the labor movement.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

Advance Australia Album of Ballarat Views

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

[12] folded leaves of plates; all illustrations (Leporello folding panorama); 14 cm. Front cover: gold gilt on blue background with brown cloth spine; images of kangaroo and emu with shields and rising sun; image of Ballarat Town Hall. Inscribed: "A souvenir of Ballarat to dear Mother, Helen and George September 1891"

Historical information

Small panoramic picture book with early views of Ballarat. Part of a series including Sydney, Launceston, Lorne and Melbourne views.

Significance

Significant to the history of Ballarat - particularly streetscapes and architecture.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title.

A figure of speech: A political memoir (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 305 pages. Dust jacket: black and white photograph of the author; red, white and black lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black background; silver lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Graham Freudenberg's memoirs. He was a speech writer for Gough Whitlam and Arthur Calwell. He wrote the campaign speech for Mark Latham in 2004. The book includes his associations with Australian leaders from Menzies to Howard and observations about international relations.

Significance

Political - Australia - Labor. Autobiographical interest.

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.

A fortunate life

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

Autobiography of Australian writer, AB Facey. Facey was a WWI veteran and subsequently became a farmer and then worked for the tramways.

Significance

Autobiographical and historical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author name and title.

Afternoon light: Some memories of men and events (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 384 pages. Cover: green background; gold lettering; author's name and title on the spine.

Historical information

Reflections by Sir Robert Menzies (former Australian Prime Minister) upon past USA and UK prime ministers, White Australia Policy, Suez Canal, the monarchy, cricket, governance and more.

Significance

Politics and government - world. Sport.

Inscriptions & Markings

Inside pages: Don Woodward's name inscribed in blue ink.

Agenda of meetings of Council and of the Eight Hours Committee

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Bound, paper. 2 volumes.

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 agendas relate to collected minutes of the BTLC/Eight Hour Anniversary Committee. The documents are a core historical source of information from the inception of BTLC/Eight Hour Anniversary Committee, representing the history of unionism in the Ballarat region. The agendas and minutes include items relating to industrial campaigns, social justice and are of political significance to the region.

A Gippsland union : the Victorian Coal Miners Association 1893-1915

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Front cover: old black and white picture of miners with their banner; white text.

Historical information

Members of the Victorian Coal Miners Association, were locked out of the Jumbunna Coal Mine in 1903. The book charts the long battle between capital and labour that lasted seventy weeks.

Significance

Significant to union history - particularly the Victorian Coal Miners Association - and industrial action.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author name and title.

A history of ambulance services in country Victoria

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

History of ambulance services in country Victoria.

A history of Ballarat libraries

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

Alfred Deakin: A biography (Vol 2)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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.

Alice Henry: The power of pen and voice

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Hardback; purple cover; pink, white and black lettering; 254 pages.

Historical information

Biography of Alice Henry, Australian suffragist, journalist and unionist. She also became prominent in the USA trade union movement.

Significance

Relevance to trade unionism, women's suffrage and feminism. Biographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author's name.

A little bit of magic: Thoughts for women (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 152 pages. Dustjacket: yellow background; colour photograph of Hazel Hawke; purple, blue and black lettering; author's name and title. Cover: blue background; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Short reflections and quotations about life. Hazel Hawke was the former wife of Bob Hawke (former trade union official and 23rd Prime Minister of Australia). In 2001 Hazel Hawke was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia. The citation read: "For service to the community, particularly through the promotion of the reconciliation process, support for continued improvement in the quality of children's television, as a contributor to the preservation of heritage items, and involvement with environmental and wildlife preservation groups".

Significance

Infotainment.

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".

Alphabetical register of members. Federated Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia, Ballarat Sub-branch.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

1 bound volume. Paper.

Historical information

Federated Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia was formed in 1907 from amalgamation of a number of small craft-based unions that had been in existence since the mid-1800s. Around this time, membership of these types of unions was predominantly male.

Significance

Records names of members of Federated Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia for the period ca 1917 to ca 1930.

ALP "Walk Against Kennett" - Norm Borchers, et al

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photograph.

Historical information

Walk Against Kennett at Lake Wendouree, 1994. (Jeffrey Kennett was the 43rd Premier of Victoria between 1992 and 1999.) Photograph is of several people. Norm Borchers is identified as standing on the right hand side, wearing the light coloured hat. 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.

American government and politics

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book.

Historical information

US politics and government. Written for a British audience.

Significance

Politics and government - USA. (Published in 1955.)

Inscriptions & Markings

Cover: author's name and title.

Among the barbarians

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Cover: White with red, black and white writing. Picture of a burning leaf. Round sticker: "The phenomenal no.1 bestseller".

Historical information

A critical appraisal of Australia's immigration policies and multiculturalism.

Significance

Relevant to Australian culture and immigration. The book was written in 1998.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author name and title.

AMWU/CFMEU (Waubra Windfarm) Windcheater

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Polyester and cotton windcheater; black and red; yellow and white embroidery.

Historical information

The Waubra Wind Farm is located north-west of Ballarat. It is one of the largest wind farms in Victoria. The CFMEU and AMWU have coverage of the site.

Significance

Local economy. Sustainability and environmental management. Union membership.

Inscriptions & Markings

1. Waubra Windfarm - 100% Union [front] 2. Line 1: CFMEU + Southern Cross Flag emblem + AMWU Line 2 & 3: Dare to Struggle dare to win [front] 3. No ticket, no start [back] 4. AMWU [left sleeve] CFMEU [right sleeve] 5. Tags showing the maker's details (FCW Fashion), size, cleaning instructions, fabric type [inside collar].

Anatomy of a Coup - The Sinister Intrigue behind the Dismissal (Don Woodward Collection)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 262 pages. Front cover: Australian flag background; hammer and sickle image; black and white head shots; black and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

The author analyses the 1975 Whitlam/ALP dismissal focussing upon a theory that the KGB played a role in these events.

Significance

Political analysis.

ANF: Button - Nurses worth every cent of 8%

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Round button - white background. Green and pink design.

Historical information

This button/badge was made to support a nurses' pay claim that took place over the period of 1994-1995, at which time the Kennett Liberal state government was in power. In 1994, the ANF Federal Executive passed a resolution to seek national pay increases of 8%. At this time, nurses had not had a pay rise since 1991. The Union noted that over the same period Victorian politicians had received 12.9% in pay increases. Our thanks to the ANMF library for providing information about the origins of this object.

Significance

Significant to the history of the ANMF and its industrial success.

Inscriptions & Markings

Protect National Rates. Nurses: Worth every cent of 8%.