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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.

Entry Fee

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

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
culture - ballarat
social customs
mechanics' institute
architecture
women in history
history
ballaarat mechanics' institute
libraries

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

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Profiles in courage (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
senators - usa
adams, john quincy
government
politics
webster, daniel
benton, thomas hart
houston, sam
ross, edmund g
lamar, lucius
norris, george
taft, robert a.

Book; 245 pages. Cover: blue background; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

The book profiles various American senators who went against party policy and community sentiment and acted according to conscience. Stories include the following senators: John Quincy Adams Daniel Webster Thomas Hart Benton Sam Houston Edmund G. Ross Lucius Lamar George Norris Robert A. Taft

Significance

Relevant to US political and parliamentary history.

Inscriptions & Markings

In blue ink, "Deptford Mall, N.J., April 1978."

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Photograph: Mr Norm Borchers

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
borchers, norm
elections
alp
australian labor party
eureka stockade
card, margaret

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Norm Borchers Photo was taken near cannons and memorial stone at Eureka Stockade, Ballarat, on the day on an ALP barbeque (Marg Card campaign). Marg Card unsuccessfully contested the 1998 federal election for the seat of Ballarat. She served as a councillor and mayor at the Moorabool Shire. 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.

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

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
spence, william guthrie
spence, wg
shearers and rural workers' union
masters and servants act
miners union
parliaments
australasian federation of labour

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.

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

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
kennedy, robert
kennedy, jf
presidents - united states
senators - united states
politics - united states of america
biography

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.

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Printed materials retained by the branch. Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Ballarat Branch.

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
building workers' industrial union
bwiu
fimee
federation of industrial, manufacturing and engineering employees
unions
amalgamated society of carpenters and joiners of australasia
amalgamated society of carpenters and joiners of great britain
minutes
general council of the amalgamated society of carpenters and joiners of great britain
amalgamated society of carpenters and joiners, victorian branch
carpenters' board
amalgamated society of carpenters and joiners, ballarat branch
entrance card
c. rawlings

Printed material in three boxes. 1. Monthly reports of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Australasia 1901 September, November, December 1902 February, July 1903 April, May, November 1904 February-July 1908 May, December 1910 April, July, September-December 2. Monthly reports of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain 1902 Nos. 474-480, June-December 1903 No. 481, January; No. 483, March; No. 485, May; Nos. 487-488, July-August; No. 491, November. 1904 Nos. 494-498, February-June. 1905 No. 506, February; No. 511, July; No. 513, September. 1906 No. 519, March; Nos. 522-524, June-August. 1907 No. 533, May. 1908 Nos. 546-547, June, Jul; Nos. 549-552, September-December. 1909 No. 552, Jan; Nos. 556-557, April, May; No. 564, December. 1910 No. 565, January; Nos. 567-569, March-May. New Series 1911 Nos. 6-8, June-August; No. 10, October. 1912 Nos. 13-15, Jan-March; Nos. 18-20, June-August; No. 22, October; No. 24, December. 1913 No. 26, February. 1914 No. 42, June. 3. Annual reports of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain 49th Report December 1907 - December 1908 52nd Report December 1910 - December 1911 53rd Report December 1911 - December 1912 4. Lists of branches, officers and nights of meetings of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain January 1909 January 1910 Minutes of proceedings of the meeting of the General Council of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain, held in Manchester, 13th February-29 February 1912 6. Suggestions for the consideration of the meeting of the General Council held 28 June (1904?). 7. Returns of the votes on proposals of the General Council of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain for amending the rules, November 1910. (2 copies) 8. Circulars published by the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners of Great Britain: to Branch Secretaries, 5 May 1906; and June 1912; advertising the Society ca? 1910; and regarding removal of the General Office, 1 February 1904. 9. Circulars published by the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Victorian Branch: giving extract of the Determination of the Carpenters' Board, 29 April 1911 (3 copies); and advertising the Society ca? 1910. 10. Notice of special meeting of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Ballarat Branch, 27 November 1911. 11. Entrance card to the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, Ballarat Branch, in the name of C. Rawlings, 18 May 1908. 12. List of proposals to be submitted to the votes of the members, together with the General Council's reasons for suggesting amendments to the rules. n.d. 13. Annual Report to the Members of the Victorian Branches of the Amalgamated Society of Carpenters and Joiners, for the year ending 1911. (1 bundle)

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

Printed materials retained by the Branch. Indicative of contemporaneous events and interests of the union.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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Till death us do part : industrial death narratives

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
oh&s
occupational health and safety
workplace deaths
industrial accidents
bereavement

Paper; book.

Historical information

Interviews with the families of ten workers who died in industrial accidents. Explores the adverse impacts upon families. The author's father died at work in 1995. "... it is our hope that our stories will make a difference and encourage employers and governments to ensure safe work practises and prevent further needless industrial deaths." Elizabeth Horvath Mobayad

Significance

Relevant to workplace health and safety. Particularly of relevance to workplace fatalities.

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Portraits of power (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
hitler, adolf
churchill, winston
gandhi, mohandas karamchand
roosevelt, franklin
stalin, joseph
truman, harry s
hirohito, emperor
franco, francisco
adenauer, konrad hermann joseph
de gaulle, charles
eisenhower, dwight
tito - josip broz
nasser, gamal abdel
ben-gurion, david
khrushcev, nikita
kennedy, jf
queen elizabeth ii
shah of iran - mohammad reza pahlavi
mao tse-tung
politics and government - international
history - world leadership

Book; 288 pages. Cover: brown background; two-tone portrait photographs of Hitler, Churchill, Gandhi, Roosevelt, Stalin, Truman, Hirohito, Franco, Adenauer, Gaulle, Eisenhower, Tito, Nasser, Ben-Gurion, Khrushchev, JF Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, Shah of Iran, Mao Tse-Tung; black and red lettering; title and compiler's name.

Historical information

Overview of various leaders in the 20th century: Hitler, Churchill, Gandhi, Roosevelt, Stalin, Truman, Hirohito, Franco, Adenauer, Gaulle, Eisenhower, Tito, Nasser, Ben-Gurion, Khrushchev, JF Kennedy, Queen Elizabeth II, Shah of Iran, Mao Tse-Tung.

Significance

Historical and political relevance.

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Killen in company (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
killen, sir james
politics and government
politics - australia
liberal party australia
lpa
cabinet ministers
autobiography

Book; 182 pages. Front cover: grey background; colour photograph of Jim Killen; black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Autobiography of Sr James Killen who was a Liberal cabinet minister in the Gorton, McMahon and Fraser ministries.

Significance

Political (LNP) and autobiographical interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Stamp: "D&J Hamilton" with address.

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Meeting of Ballarat Save TAFE Group - Trades Hall, Ballarat

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
tafe
union campaigns
baillieu, edward (ted)
napthine, denis
education and training
nteu - national tertiary education union
aeu - australian education union

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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).

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

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
churches - st paul's ballarat
places - ballarat
places - bakery hill

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.

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Speeches that changed the world: The stories and transcripts of the moments that made history (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
mandela, nelson
hitler, adolf
bush, george w
ghandi, mahatma
stalin, joseph
churchill, winston
molotov
meir, golda
roosevelt, franklin
politics and government
religion
socialism
social commentary

Book; 224 pages. Cover: black background; black and white photograph of Nelson Mandela with his fist raised; white and red lettering; title.

Historical information

Collection of speeches by various international persons - e.g. Nelson Mandela, George W. Bush, Ghandi, Stalin, Churchill, Molotov. Topics are various - e.g. science, politics, religion and social commentary.

Significance

International politics, science, religion and social commentary.

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Shitstorm (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
politics and government
economy
global financial crisis
rudd, kevin
swann, wayne
gillard, julia
tanner, lindsay
alp
australian labor party
history - australia

Book; 278 pages. Cover: colour photograph of Lindsay Tanner, Kevin Rudd, Wayne Swann and Julia Gillard; orange neon and white lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

The book covers the actions and strategies of the Rudd-Gillard government during the 2008 global financial crisis.

Significance

Politics and government - Australia. Australian and world economy.

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Lectures on the labour question (3rd ed)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat regional trades and labour council
brassey, thomas
industrial relations
industrial action
industrial disputes
wages
religion
education - primary

Hardcover, book; no dustjacket; 336 pages. Cover: brown cloth/paper; black decorative banner; gold lettering on spine.

Historical information

A collection of addresses on the "Labour Question": I. Labour and Capital II. The Nine Hours Movement III. Wages in 1873 IV. Public Elementary Education in the United States V. The Duties of the Church in Relation to the Labour Question VI. Co-operative Production VII. The South Wales Colliery Strike VIII. On the Influences Affecting the Price of Labour in England at the Present Time IX. On Canada and the United States X. Work and Wages in 1877 XI. Labour at Home and Abroad XII. On the Comparative Efficiency of English and Foreign Labour XIII. On the Rise of Wages in the Building Trades of London Appendices

Significance

Relevant to the history of workplace relations and conditions in the US, Canada and UK.

Inscriptions & Markings

Spine: title, author's and publisher's name. Inside cover: Ballaarat East Public Library regulations; the book has been designated number 53; writing in blue and grey pencil - illegible; stamped in red, "CANCELLED". Title page: Ballarat East Public Library stamp (black).

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Charles Joseph La Trobe: Superintendant of the Port Phillip District 1839-1851, Lietenant-Governor of Victoria 1851-1954 (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
la trobe, charles joseph
biography
history - australia
eureka stockade - ballarat
politics and government
settlers - australia

Book; 157 pages. Dustjacket: green and black portrait of Charles Joseph La Trobe; yellow, black and white lettering; author's name and title. Cover: red background; gold lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography/historical account of Charles Joseph La Trobe.

Significance

History and politics - Australia. Biographical interest - La Trobe. References to Ballarat - Eureka Stockade.

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Communism in Australia: A complete exposure

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
alp
australian labor party
communism
politics - australia
cold war
chifley, ben
unions

Paperback. Red and white cover. Price, author and title in black and white lettering on the front cover.

Historical information

From the foreword: " ... a factual account of how the Communist Party is undermining the Australian nation. It explains how it is controlled. Its General Staff. Its penetration of the unions. Its sinister influence over the Curtain Government. Its duplicity during the present war. Its wealth. Its tricks and manoeuvres. The Trojan Horse tactic. Its organisation and its overseas bosses." Jack Lang is a former NSW ALP state treasurer and was elected Premier on two occasions. His government was dismissed in its second term by the State Governor due to his defying the Commonwealth Government's financial agreements' legislation.

Significance

The book is reflective of growing paranoia about the Communist Party in Australia after World War II. Relevant to the history of the Australian trade union movement, government and political parties. Fear around the Cold War and communism contributed to defeat of the Chifley government at the 1950 election.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title, author, price and publisher on cover.

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Photograph: Marg Card and Karen Overington

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
card, marg
overington, karen
politicians
councillors

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Marg Card and Karen Overington. 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.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

E.J. Rowe (Ted Rowe) - collected documents

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
rowe, e.j. - ted
aeu
railway strike, queensland
communist party australia
obituaries - death notices - funeral notices
industrial action
memoir
amalgamated engineering union

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.

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Pitt the elder (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
pitt the elder
prime ministers - united kingdom
politics and government
military - seven years war
political parties - whig

Book; 320 pages. Cover: illustration of William Pitt by William Hoare; black background; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

William Pitt was the First Earl of Chatham. He was a Whig who led the party to government on two occasions. His son, Pitt the Younger, was also (later) a British Prime Minister. This book is the biography of Pitt the Elder.

Significance

Politics and government - United Kingdom

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page: blue ink - "Ex Libris, Philip Dennis Orders, 112 Pennant Hills Road, Normanhurst, 2076, New South Wales, 489 3490."

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Photograph: Marg Card outside of ALP Ballarat campaign office

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
card, marg
elections
politicians
alp
australian labor party

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Marg Card outside of ALP Ballarat campaign office Marg Card unsuccessfully contested the 1998 federal election for the seat of Ballarat. She served as a councillor and mayor at the Moorabool Shire. Her campaign poster is on the left hand side and reads: "Marg Card - A better deal for Ballarat."

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Australian roundup 1790-1950

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
fiction - short stories
fiction - australian

Hardcover, blue cloth paper amalgam; gold lettering on spine; 374 pages.

Historical information

A series of Australian short stories dating from 1790-1950.

Significance

The editor, Colin Broderick, was known for promoting Australian literature. Fiction - of national interest.

Inscriptions & Markings

Spine: title and author's name. Ararat Municipal Library stamp appears in several places on the inside of the book. Library loan slip and original card (2423) are located at the back. Last stamped on 20 Nov 1970.

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Special tasks : The memoirs of an unwanted witness - a Soviet spymaster (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
sudoplatov, pavel
political espionage - ussr
politics and government
wallenberg, raoul, 1912-1947
stalin, joseph, 1878-1953
trotsky, leon, 1879-1940
spies -- soviet union -- biography
espionage -- soviet union -- history -- 20th century
soviet union -- politics and government -- 1936-1953
biography
autobiography

Book; 509 pages. Dustjacket: red background; yellow, white and black lettering; authors' names and title. Cover: red background; gold lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Pavel Sudoplatov a member of the intelligence services of the Soviet Union. He was a key player in Soviet espionage including the assassination of Leon Trotsky.

Significance

History and politics - Soviet Union. Biographical interest.

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Fifty years with Mountbatten: A unique personal memoir by his valet and butler (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
mountbatten, lord
monarchy - united kingdom
memoir
history - united kingdom

Book; 176 pages. Cover: colour and black and white photographs of Mountbatten; orange of white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

A personal memoir from Lord Mountbatten's valet and butler, Charles Smith.

Significance

History - United Kingdom. Autobiographical interest.

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Lion pride: 1958-2017 AMWU and Holden

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
manufacturing - vehicle
amwu
australian manufacturing workers' union
unions
oral history
gmh
holden

Paperback; grey cover with a photograph of unidentified persons with a Holden vehicle; gold and white lettering.

Historical information

A memento book published by the AMWU dedicated to past and present employees at GMH Holden. Copies were presented to members who were made redundant in 2017. The book is a short history of GMH Holden and includes photographs, members' stories and AMWU achievements over this time.

Significance

Significant to the history of manufacturing (vehicle) in Australia and working conditions of members.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title. Back cover: AMWU logo.

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Diamond cuts: An affectionate memoir of Jim McClelland (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

appleton, gillian
mcclelland, diamond jim
politics
btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
mcclelland, jr
mcclelland, james robert
judges
politicians
legal profession
biography
politics and government

Book; 352 pages. Front cover: sepia; photograph of Jim McClelland; white and black text; author's name and title.

Historical information

This book is a biography/memoir of Diamond Jim McClelland - Melbourne-born politician, writer and judge. It is authored by his wife of 20 years, Gillian Appleton.

Significance

Significant to Australian political history and biographical interest.

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Journal of Australasian mining history 2006

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
history - mining
moonta mines
blackwater gold mine
mining - copper
keelbottom freehold copper mines
oh&s
emuford battery
thames miners union
burra
st wells tin mine

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.

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

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
bush, george w.
cheney, dick
politics and government - usa
terrorism - 9/11
civil rights

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.

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The Hawke years : the story from the inside

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
hawke, bob
alp
history
australian labor party
politics
unions
government
parliament
prime minister

Paper; book. Front cover: colour photograph of Bob and Hazel Hawke; black and red background; white lettering.

Historical information

"How Bob Hawke won four elections - His place on the world stage - His love affair with the Australian people" -- Cover.

Significance

Biographical interest - Bob Hawke. Bob Hawke was President of the ACTU and was successfully elected to federal parliament in 1980. He became Australian Prime Minister in 1983, defeating Malcolm Fraser. He relinquished the Prime Ministership in 1991 following a successful leadership challenge by Paul Keating.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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Profit over people : neoliberalism and global order

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
neoliberalism
economics
economy
politics
policy
corporate ownership
international monetary fund
imf
the world bank
world trade organisation
social commentary
free enterprise
democracy

Paper; book. Front cover: black background; colour picture of protesters facing off against police; white lettering.

Historical information

A critique of neoliberalism. Chomsky argues against pro-corporate economies and political policies that boost the power of private ownership. He points to detrimental policies endowed upon poorer nations by IMF, the World Bank and the World Trade Organisation.

Significance

Contemporary relevance to governance and economy of first and third world countries & deployment of neoliberalism.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: authors' names and title.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat

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Highway robbery

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
workplace rights
workplace relations
employment - youth
occupational health and safety
unions
wages
employers
legislation - labor laws

VHS

Historical information

A film made in 1990 targeted at young workers about their workplace rights.

Significance

Relevant to workplace rights in Australia in the 1990s.

Unions Ballarat, Ballarat