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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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Rally Ballarat Save TAFE Group - Lydiard Street, Ballarat (2)

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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 During the campaign, Premier Ted Baillieu visited Ballarat on several occasions only to be met by angry groups of citizens who were opposed to his government's decimation of Victorian TAFE. The picture shows one of the early rallies convened by the Ballarat Save TAFE Group in Lydiard Street, television reporters and a very noisy large group of protesters.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Rally Ballarat Save TAFE Group - SMB Federation University (3)

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 TAFE 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 During the campaign, Premier Ted Baillieu visited Ballarat on several occasions only to be met by angry groups of citizens who were opposed to his government's decimation of Victorian TAFE. The picture shows one of the early rallies convened by the Ballarat Save TAFE Group and features union and community members who protested.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Rally Ballarat Save TAFE Group - SMB Federation University (2)

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 TAFE 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 During the campaign, Premier Ted Baillieu visited Ballarat on several occasions only to be met by angry groups of citizens who were opposed to his government's decimation of Victorian TAFE. The picture shows one of the early rallies convened by the Ballarat Save TAFE Group and features union and community members who protested.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Rally Ballarat Save TAFE Group - SMB Federation University

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 TAFE 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 During the campaign, Premier Ted Baillieu visited Ballarat on several occasions only to be met by angry groups of citizens who were opposed to his government's decimation of Victorian TAFE. The picture shows one of the early rallies convened by the Ballarat Save TAFE Group and features union and community members who protested.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Rally Ballarat Save TAFE Group - Lydiard Street, Ballarat

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 During the campaign, Premier Ted Baillieu visited Ballarat on several occasions only to be met by angry groups of citizens who were opposed to his government's decimation of Victorian TAFE. The picture shows one of the early rallies convened by the Ballarat Save TAFE Group and features Ted Baillieu entering a building in Lydiard Street, television reporters and a very noisy large group of protesters.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Meeting of Ballarat Save TAFE Group - Trades Hall, Ballarat

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 meeting was held at Trades Hall, Ballarat. Speaker: Meredith Peace, Victorian Branch Secretary, AEU. Purpose: campaign update.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Rally to Save Ballarat TAFE - Alexandra on Lydiard, Ballarat

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 outside of Alexandra on Lydiard, Ballarat.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Save TAFE Rally: Federation University SMB Campus

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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 community rally at SMB had an excellent attendance.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

Bisnet breakfast 2012: guest speaker Premier Ted Baillieu

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 Mr Baillieu attended a Bisnet meeting on 2 October 2012. The Ballarat Save TAFE Group greeted Mr Baillieu as he arrived at the Alexandra Tea Rooms in Lydiard Street. He rapidly avoided engagement with the Save TAFE deputation.

Significance

As above (see historical information).

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).

Monster Meeting - flyer

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Jpeg copy of flyer.

Historical information

This flyer was modelled upon the "Monster Meeting" notice that was held at the time of the Eureka Stockade. The Save TAFE flyer was produced to advertise a meeting regarding Victorian State government cuts to the TAFE education system in 2012. The group remains a subcommittee of Ballarat Trades Hall. The initial meeting (monster meeting) was produced to encourage community engagement in the Save TAFE campaign. The writing on the flyer reads thus: "No taxation without education! Education is anathema to conservatism! For an educated person will not be a slave! ON Sunday July 8th At Two o'clock A MONSTER MEETING Of the Ballarat Community & all who will attend at the People's Trades Hall Camp St, Ballaarat To form a committee of interested and passionate persons to advocate for affordable and equal access to quality education and training. Down with the attack on Public Education and Training TAFE Cuts, VET Cuts, VCAL cuts, EMA cuts and attacks on students and teachers. Authorised by: Jeremy Smith, NTEU UB Branch President and Brett Edgington, BTLC President

Significance

The reduction of TAFE courses and change in fee structure had particular impact upon the Ballarat community in terms of training, employment and future services available. There were several successful rallies in the Ballarat CBD, showing a great demonstration of community and union organising. The group played a pivotal role in the demise of the Ballieu/Napthine government.

Intimacy and solitude (companion volume to The intimacy and solitude self-therapy book)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paperback book; 320 pages. Front cover: pink background; author's name and title; blue and white lettering; nondescript artistic picture.

Historical information

Self-help book. Companion to The intimacy and solitude self-therapy book. About being interpersonal relationships and being alone. Self esteem.

Significance

This book forms part of the LGBTIQA+ collection.

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.

The reds: the Communist Party of Australia from origins to illegality

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Paper; book. Dust jacket: brown background; red, black and white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: black; white lettering.

Historical information

Story of the Communist Party of Australia and its beginnings in 1920 in Sydney. References to Ballarat Trades Hall and associated entities.

Significance

Relevant to the trade union movement and the Australian political landscape.

Stop the ABCC: Turnbull's War on Workers (bumper sticker)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Bumper sticker: colour picture of Malcolm Turnbull; red and white lettering.

Historical information

The ABCC (Australian Building and Construction Commission) was first created during the government of John Howard (LNP). The ABCC claims to, "ensuring that building work in Australia is carried out fairly, efficiently and productively—for the benefit of all employers and workers in the industry, and for the benefit of the Australian economy as a whole." Conversely, the organisation has been claimed by unions and workers to be anti-union and detrimental to the working conditions of employees. A fact sheet from the CFMMEU is attached to this entry. Malcolm Turnbull was Prime Minister from 2015 to 2018. He became Prime Minister after deposing Tony Abbott, in a leadership challenge. The bumper sticker was produced by CFMMEU during the Turnbull Prime Ministership (2015-2018). The CFMMEU is one of the largest unions; membership coverage includes construction, forestry, maritime, mining, energy, textile, clothing and footwear production.

Significance

Relevant to government, industrial relations and trade unions in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stop the ABCC: Turnbull's War on Workers Subtext: exploits workers; destroys jobs; lies; attacks safety; ignores big business; union bashing; CFMEU.

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.

May Day 1890-1990 (poster)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Poster - mounted. Colour theme is red, blue and fawn.

Historical information

Text and artwork on poster as follows: May Day 1890-1990 (header). Rally with banners: Fascism Means War; REPEAL Anti Union Legislation. 100 Years of struggle for workers' rights and socialism (footer). Names and pictures of four Victorian Union Legends: Tom Mann (London Dockworkers Strike and Victorian PLC Organiser); Vida Goldstein (Suffragist); George Seelaf (AMIEU); and Monty Miller (Eureka Stockade). This poster was a commissioned by Vic Morphy at RedLetter from the artist, Di Wells.

Significance

Significant to the centenary of May day, activism and workers' rights.

Robyn Mason: collected photographs

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Photographs.

Historical information

Robyn Mason was a member of the ALP and unsuccessfully contested the seat of Ballarat West in 1996. She was a feminist, teacher and a social worker who fought hard for those affected by sexual abuse and violence. Robyn Mason passed away in 2016. This large collection of photographs was donated after her passing; the collection reflects the vastness of Robyn's contribution to the Ballarat community. Photographs here include the following persons: Batchelor, Peter Beacham, Jenny Borchers, Betty Borchers, Norm Bracks, Steve Breen, Barry Brumby, John Garbutt, Sherryl Keating, Paul Knight, Sharon Laffey, Catherine Mason, Robyn Rootes, Jeff Sheehan, Frank Thomson, Hedley Thwaites, John

Significance

Politics, government, advocacy, education - Ballarat region.

Robyn Mason: collected memorabilia and press cuttings

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

News articles, correspondence and other memorabilia.

Historical information

Robyn Mason was a member of the ALP and unsuccessfully contested the seat of Ballarat West in 1996. She was a feminist, teacher and a social worker who fought hard for those affected by sexual abuse and violence. Robyn Mason passed away in 2016. This large collection was donated after her passing; it is a reflection of the vastness of Robyn's contribution to the Ballarat community.

Significance

Politics, government, advocacy, education - Ballarat region.

Peter Lalor Lithograph

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Lithograph - sepia. Picture of Peter Lalor in Legislative Assembly speaker's regalia.

Historical information

Peter Lalor rose to fame for his leading role in the Eureka Rebellion at Ballarat in 1854. He is the only outlaw to make it into parliament. The siege of Eureka culminated in November and December 1854 arising as the result of disagreement between disaffected gold miners (led by Peter Lalor) and colonial forces about compulsory mining licences. This lithograph is rare - the only one we are aware of.

Significance

Eureka Stockade (Ballarat), politics and government (Victoria, Australia).

Inscriptions & Markings

"The late Hon Peter Lalor, Ex-Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and leader of the Memorable Eureka Insurrection of 1854. Born - Tennikill, Queen's County, Ireland, 1827. Died - Melbourne, Victoria, 1889. Aged 62 years."

Ballarat Trades Hall Eureka Flag

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Flag; blue background; white embellishments - cross and stars; framed.

Historical information

This flag originally flew from the flagstaff on the Trades Hall Building in Camp Street Ballarat on December 3rd 1942. The flag prompted many enquiries to the Ballarat's Courier newspaper. The Courier in reporting that the flag was, in fact, a replica of the original Eureka Stockade flag went on to say that: "… it (seemed) very strange that the town in which Eureka made a name for Australia and its efforts to get freedom from control for the ordinary man, did not recognise the flag that flew while the first move for freedom was fought out against big odds." The Trades Hall Eureka flag, made of cotton material, was used in union marches during the 1940s. In later years it had been all but forgotten, until in 1981 it was brought to the office of the then MHR for Ballarat, John Mildren by members of the family that the flag maker had boarded with in Ballarat. David Miller, who had a keen interest in the Eureka story and was electorate officer for John Mildren, became custodian of the flag for many years and presented it to Ballarat Trades Hall for display. In 1994 The Ballarat Trades Hall Eureka flag travelled Australia as part of a touring Eureka collection. At that time, the Secretary of the Ballarat Regional Trades and Labour Council, Graeme Shearer said “…The Eureka flag then, as it does now, symbolises the struggle for basic rights and democracy”. On Wednesday 11th July 2001, following a ceremony to mark the refurbishment of the Galloway Monument, the Ballarat Trades Hall Eureka flag was unveiled at a function in the Ballarat Trades Hall by President of the Ballarat Trades & Labour Council, Rhonda Young, and Premier of Victoria, Steve Bracks. The Trades Hall gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Dean Mighell, then Victorian State Secretary of the CEPU/ETU - who was a passionate supporter of the diggers' stand at Eureka - and instrumental in making funds available to assist in Trades Hall's Eureka flag being mounted in the Main Hall of the Ballarat Trades Hall. As far as we know, this is the second oldest Eureka flag in the world.

Significance

Union (especially Ballarat Trades and Labour Council) history and Eureka Stockade - Ballarat.

Robyn Mason: scrapbook

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Standard scrapbook containing news articles, photos, and other.

Historical information

Robyn Mason was a member of the ALP and unsuccessfully contested the seat of Ballarat West in 1996. She was a feminist, teacher and a social worker who fought hard for those affected by sexual abuse and violence. Robyn Mason passed away in 2016. This large collection of correspondence, photographs and other memorabilia, was donated after her passing; it is a reflection of the vastness of Robyn's contribution to the Ballarat community.

Significance

Politics, government, advocacy, education.

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.

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".

V/Line - thank you cookie

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Cookie: white icing with colour pictorial representation of V/Line VLocity train; sealed within a cellophane wrapper.

Historical information

The cookies were distributed to V/Line customers in 2018 as a placatory measure during an extended period of service disruption.

Significance

Workplace issues and provision of consumer services (public transportation).

Inscriptions & Markings

Wrapper: nutritional information; manufacturer details; ingredients; "Thank You - V/Line"; use by date - 28/11/2018.

Cash book: Communist Party Australia (Victoria?)

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 191 pages. Cover: brown background; gold lettering; title ("Cash Book"). Loose pages - account balances, Commonwealth Trading Bank of Australia, Victoria Street, Melbourne.

Historical information

Income and expenditure of the Communist Party Australia (Victoria Branch?) from 1915-1954. Includes memberships/affiliations. Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Communist_Party_of_Australia) describes the Party as originating in 1920 although the beginning of these records precedes that date by five years. It is also noted that the party officially dissolved in 1992, although the record held ceases at 1954 when the funds were transferred to Building Trades Federation Trust Account. The records are contemporaneous with Robert Menzies' attempted ban of the Party in 1951. The records cease in 1954 which was a time of active paranoia in Australia about Communism. The Labor Party split happened in 1955 leading to the formation of the Democratic Labor Party (a party describing itself at anti-communist).

Significance

Politics and government. Financial records keeping - Communist Party of Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Preliminary pages, in pencil: "Relief Fund see page 47".

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.

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.

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.

Labour History No. 62-63, 1992

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

Book; 2 volumes; 387 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.