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Unions Ballarat represents the history of unionism in the Ballarat region. Its collection includes items relating to industrial campaigns and of political significance to the region. The collection is comprised of a variety of formats - for example, plaques, correspondence, agendas, minutes, memorabilia, photographs and other artefacts dating from the 1800s.

The Unions Ballarat is the second oldest Trades and Labour Council in the world, founded in 1883 on the back of the Ballarat Eight Hour Committees established in 1856.

Trades Hall helps organise activities and campaigns with and on behalf of our affiliated unions.

The Unions Ballarat building is the home of the Trade Union movement in Ballarat and the centrepiece of the historic Camp Street precinct.

It is a building with a rich history, built for and still owned by Ballarat Unionists. Ballarat can be justifiably proud of its Trades Hall which was built in 1887-88 by Trade Union members. It still remains the hub of Trade Union activities in the Ballarat region today.

Contact Information

location
24 Camp Street Ballarat Victoria 3350
phone
+61 5332 3666

Contact

Opening Hours

Unions Ballarat is open 9-5 Monday to Friday and the archivist is usually at the Hall Tuesday-Thursday. If you wish to view any archival objects, you must make an appointment by phoning 5332 3666. If you are not able to attend an appointment you made, please let us know as soon as you can. We are able to carry out information searches for you. If you wish to avail yourself of this service, it is important to provide enough detail for us to make a meaningful search. Please do not use abbreviations or acronyms - for example, there are two organisations in union history who have used the initials AEU (Australian Education Union and Amalgamated Engineering Union). Please note that as the collection is administered by volunteers, there may be a short delay in our reply.

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Location

24 Camp Street Ballarat Victoria

The collection includes items relating to industrial campaigns and of political significance to the region. The collection is comprised of a variety of formats - for example, plaques, correspondence, agendas, minutes, memorabilia, photographs and other artefacts dating from the 1800s.

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Photograph: Senator Brian Howe and Flo O'Neill (nee Duke)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
howe, brian
o'neill, flo
senators
politicians
cabinet ministers
methodist ministers

Photograph

Historical information

Photo: Senator Brian Howe (left) and Flo O'Neill (nee Duke) (right). Brian Howe is a former Methodist minister and served in the Australian parliament from 1977 to 1996. He held various ministerial positions in the Hawke/Keating government and was deputy leader of the party from 1991-1995.

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Photograph: Frank Sheehan and Norm Borchers

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
politicians
sheehan, frank
borchers, norm
alp
australian labor party

Photograph.

Historical information

Photograph: Frank Sheehan and Norm Borchers. Frank Sheehan was the state member for Ballarat South from 1982 to 1992. 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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Giuliani leadership (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
giuliani, rudolph
mayor - new york
united states attorney for the southern district of new york
us associate attorney general,
autobiography
politics and government - usa
republican party - usa
democratic party - usa

Book; 407 pages. Front cover: background - colour picture of New York; colour picture of Giuliani; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Autobiographical account. Giuliani was US Associate Attorney General, United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York and Mayor of New York. At different times, his political affiliations have been Democratic, Republican and Independent.

Significance

Political (USA) and autobiographical interest.

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Union ticket - Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union

Key words

unions
btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat sustenance and relief workers' union
union ticket
pence cards
ballarat trades hall
unemployment
the great depression

Paper - union ticket.

Historical information

Ballarat Sustenance and Relief Workers' Union was a Trades Hall Council-sponsored organisation co-ordinating the self help activities of the Ballarat unemployed during the 1930s depression. (1935-1940)

Significance

Union tickets were important as evidence of proving financial union membership.

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The Gorton experiment (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
gorton, john
prime ministers - australia
holt, harold
liberal party australia
politics
biography

Book; 455 pages. Dust jacket: green background; author's name and title in white lettering; two-tone picture of John Gorton. Cover: yellow; green lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

John Gorton became Australian Prime Minister (1968-1971) after the disappearance of Harold Holt (with McEwan being the interim Prime Minister). Holt and Gorton were both from the Liberal Party Australia. Gorton has been described as a larrikan and an eccentric in his time as prime minister. The book is described as a disparaging account.

Significance

Australian politics. Biographical.

Inscriptions & Markings

Title page: "To my son John Aug 4th 1971 Dad."

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Party tricks

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
politics
political espionage
keating, paul
4 corners
elections
australian labor party
alp
liberal party australia

VHS

Historical information

A 2001 episode of Four Corners about political espionage in Australia that is to gain political edge against opponents. A case study.

Significance

Relevant to Australian politics, elections and political strategy.

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Story of my life (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
politics and government
dayan, moshe
autobiography
military - israel

Book; 656 pages. Cover: white background; colour photograph of Moshe Dayan; red and black lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

This is the autobiography of Moshe Dayan (1977 – 1979) was an Israeli politician, military commander, ambassador, archaeologist, and patriot.

Significance

Military and politics - Israel. Autobiographical interest.

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Receipt book butt of the Intercolonial Trades and Labour Congress - 7th Congress, Ballarat, 1891.

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
finances
organising
unions
7th intercolonial trades hall congress

Book

Historical information

Ballarat Trades Hall was part of the Intercolonial Trades Hall Congresses created for the purposes of collective organising within labour organisations. There were eight Congresses held within Australia. See 0019-0026.

Significance

The receipts are part of the history of the 7th Intercolonial Trades Hall Congress in Ballarat and are a record of its incoming finances.

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A fortunate life

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
autobiography
writers
literature - australian
facey, ab
tramways
great depression
military
gallipoli
farming
world war i
wwi

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.

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The Life and Death of Harold Holt

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
liberal party
holt, harold
frame, tom
biography
liberal party of australia
politics
politicians
prime minister

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.

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When Was That? A Chronicle of Australia from 1788

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
australian history
1788

Paper; book.

Historical information

Important events in Australian history recorded chronologically.

Significance

Historical - Australia. Reference.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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Minutes of executive meetings of the Council

Key words

ballarat trades and labour council
btlc
eight hours anniversary committee
unions
ballarat trades hall

Hard cover (bound); 1 volume

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 minutes are a core historical source of information from the inception of BTLC, representing the history of unionism in the Ballarat region. The minutes include items relating to industrial campaigns, social justice and of political significance to the region.

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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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A short history of Australia: new and revised edition

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
history - australia
history - ballarat
history - indigenous
convicts
macquarie
immigration
politics

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.

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The People Movers: A History of Victoria's Private Bus Industry 1910 - 1992

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
public transport
buses
buses - private
businesses
employment
history

Paper; book. Front cover: light green background; artistic impression of a male driving a Geelong bus; black lettering.

Historical information

A history of private bus services in Victoria. Includes many anecdotal accounts as well as illustrations.

Significance

Relevant to history and development of industry and employment possibilities in Victoria.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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Judgement day

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
murder
crime
law
falconio, peter
williams, carl
knight, karen
snowtown killings
gang land murders
bryant, martin
port arthur - tasmania

Paper; book. Front cover: orange and black with picture of a faceless judge in court regalia.

Historical information

Judgements and sentences of twenty five horrific crimes in Australia. Includes gang wars, Snowtown killings and Peter Falconio.

Significance

Relevant to law enforcement and crime in Australia; particularly discusses murders.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: title and author name.

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Bush in Babylon : the recolonisation of Iraq

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
history
social history
bush, george w
warfare
international relations
military

Paper; book. Front cover: colour picture - military man with rifle and a child; white text.

Historical information

A critical appraisal of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003. The author also provides a cultural history of Iraq.

Significance

Relevant to world politics, international relations and warfare - especially to Iraq.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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Genetic roulette : the documented health risks of genetically engineered foods

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
foods - genetically modified
foods - health and safety risks
foods - crops
foods - genetically engineered
public health

Paper; book. Front cover: mostly red theme; colour picture of roulette wheel indicating various illnesses; black and white lettering.

Historical information

The author warns about the dangers of genetically modified foods. Contents: Introduction. Deceptions, assumptions and denial: exposing the roots of genetically modified crops 1. The documented health risks of genetically engineered foods 2. The regulation of GM foods is inadequate to protect public health 3. Industry studies are not competent to identify most of the unpredicted side effects 4. Flaws in the arguments used to justify GM crops Conclusion Appendix.

Significance

Relevant to food production and health risks in Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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Postal unions and politics : a history of the Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
unions
amalgamated postal workers union of australia
communications electrical electronic energy information postal plumbing & allied services union of australia
politics
labour movement

Paper; book. Front cover: Fawn background with blue, red and brown text; sketch of a building façade.

Historical information

History of the Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia. The union ran from 1926-1974; it has subsequently gone through a number of name changes including the Communications Electrical Electronic Energy Information Postal Plumbing & Allied Services Union of Australia.

Significance

Relevant to the history of unions in Australia, particularly the Amalgamated Postal Workers Union of Australia.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's and editor's names and title.

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Kings' men: Australia's Governors General from Hopetoun to Isaacs (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
politics and government
governor general
federation australia
constitution - australia

Book; 237 pages. Cover: brown background; colour paintings of Lord Northcote and Lord Stonehaven; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

History of governor generalship in Australia up to 1936 & the changes in function over time.

Significance

Australian political history.

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Hawke : an emotional life

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
hawke, bob
politics
alp
australian labor party
actu
australian council of trade unions
political parties
prime minister
actu - president
freudian analysis
psychoanalysis
biography

Paper; book. Front cover: colour photo of Bob Hawke with a blue, brown and white theme; brown background; white and black lettering.

Historical information

A Freudian/psychoanalytical biography of 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.

Significance

Biographical interest - Bob Hawke. Relevant to the history of Australian politics, the ALP and the union movement.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: author's name and title.

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Photograph: Frank Sheehan's campaign fundraising - Betty Borchers, et al

Key words

sheehan, frank
politicians - state
borchers, betty
political campaigns
btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall

Photograph.

Historical information

Frank Sheehan was the state member of South Ballarat from 1982-1992. There are several persons (unidentified) in the picture. Betty Borchers is identified as the woman in the blue and white dress. Betty Borchers worked as a legal secretary. She was active in the Ballarat ALP and is the wife of Norm Borchers.

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John Macarthur (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
macarthur, john
history - australia
industry - australia - wool
settlement - australia

Book; 603 pages. Front cover: red background; gold logo with the words "FIDE ET OPERA". Spine: author's name and title in gold.

Historical information

Famous Australian Lives Series. John Macarthur was a significant pioneer of settlement in Australia. He was a key player in the wool industry that was critical to Australia in the 19th Century.

Significance

Australia - history and industry.

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Photograph: Norm Borchers and Julia Gillard at the North Star Hotel (2)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
gillard, julia
borchers, norm
prime minister
deputy prime minister
alp
australian labor party

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Norm Borchers and Julia Gillard at North Star Hotel 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. Julia Gillard was Deputy Prime Minister at the time this photograph was taken. Gillard was a lawyer before entering politics. She was the 27th Prime Minister of Australia from 2010 to 2013 and the first female prime minister. Kevin Rudd successfully challenged Gillard's leadership in 2013 and he went on to lose the election. Julia Gillard resigned from parliament following the leadership challenge.

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Why I Fight (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
lang, jt
lang, jack
politicians - premiers - nsw
politics and government - nsw
history - australia
alp
australian labor party

Book; 351 pages. Front cover: orange; black lettering; author's and title name.

Historical information

Lang is a former premier of NSW. The book explores his financial-political manifesto. Lang is a former NSW ALP state treasurer and was elected Premier on two occasions. His government was dismissed in his second term of government by the State Governor due to his defying the Commonwealth Government's financial agreements' legislation.

Significance

Relevant to the history of the ALP in NSW and the labour movement. Autobiographical interest - Jack Lang.

Inscriptions & Markings

Pencil underlinings and annotations.

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Photograph: Kevin Rudd and Norm Borchers at Town Hall, Ballarat

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
borchers, norm
rudd, kevin
alp
australian labor party

Photograph

Historical information

Photograph: Kevin Rudd and Norm Borchers at Town Hall, Ballarat Kevin Rudd is a former diplomat and public servant who became Prime Minister in 2007. His leadership was successfully challenged by Julia Gillard. He contested Gillard's leadership in 2013 but subsequently lost the federal election. He left parliament after the ALP government was defeated by the Abbott Coalition. 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. The photograph was taken in the Trench Room, Ballarat Town Hall.

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Labor Essays 1983

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
alp
australian labor party
politics
government

Paper; book. Cover: lilac, white and black.

Historical information

Annual collection of essays. Policies and programs for the Labor Government.

Significance

Significant to ALP future planning and policy platform.

Inscriptions & Markings

Front cover: names of editors and contributors, title.

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Christopher Skase: Beyond the mirage (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
skase, christopher
biography
corporate directors
businessmen - autobiography

Book; 247 pages. Cover: brown background; one sepia and one colour photograph of Christopher Skase; white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Biography of Christopher Skase. Skase was involved in the media, an investor in holiday resorts and even bidded for MGM (Hollywood) at one point. After a financial "crash", Skase retreated to Majorca stating that he was suffering ill health.

Significance

Media and millionaires. Biographical interest.

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The Jack Dyer story: The legend of captain blood (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades and labour council
ballarat trades hall
sports - australian rules football
dyer, jack
captain blood
media
biography

Book; 342 pages. Cover: artistic impression of Richmond and Essendon players; red and white lettering; author's name and title.

Historical information

Jack Dyer played for Richmond Football Club (VFL) between for 21 years. He was inducted into the Australian Football Hall of Fame and later became a coach and then a media commentator. A biography, as told to Brian Hansen.

Significance

Sports - Australian Rules Football. Biographical interest.

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Betrayal at Pearl Harbour: How Churchill Lured Roosevelt into World War II (Don Woodward Collection)

Key words

btlc
ballarat trades hall
ballarat trades and labour council
world war ii
pearl harbor
churchill, winston
roosevelt, franklin
international relations
politics - international
history - wars

Book; 302 pages. Front cover: yellow background; three black and white photographs; red and black lettering; authors' names and title.

Historical information

Explores whether Churchill knew of the Pearl Harbour incident beforehand and whether he withheld this knowledge from the US. The book focusses on the months prior to Pearl Harbour and the beginning of USA's participation in the War.

Significance

International politics and history of World War II.

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