Deposit E262 - Amalgamated Metal Workers' and Shipwrights' Union, New South Wales Branch deposit

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AU NBAC E262

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Amalgamated Metal Workers' and Shipwrights' Union, New South Wales Branch deposit

Date(s)

  • 1937 - 1977 (Creation)

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2.8 m

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Name of creator

(1911 - 1972)

Biographical history

The union was originally registered as the Amalgamated Tinsmiths' Sheet Metal Workers' Cannister Makers' Gas Meter Makers' & Assistants' Union in 1911 and comprised of unions that had operated since 1881. From 1913 its name changed to the Sheet Metal Working Industrial Union of Australia. In 1945 the union changed its name to the Sheet Metal Working Agricultural Implement & Stove Making Industrial Union of Australia to reflect growing membership from members of the Federated Agricultural Implement & Stovemakers' Porcelain Enamellers' & Ironworkers' Association of Australia. It was deregistered in 1972 and joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union in 1973.

Name of creator

(1976 - 1983)

Biographical history

The union was formed by the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union and the Federated Shipwrights' & Ship Constructors' Association of Australia in 1976, and functioned until 1983 when it joined the Federated Moulders' (Metals) Union of Australia to become the Amalgamated Metals Foundry and Shipwrights' Union.

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(1973 - 1976, 1985 - 1991)

Biographical history

The Amalgamated Metal Workers Union originally formed in 1973 from the amalgamation of the Amalgamated Engineering Union, the Sheet Metal Working, Agricultural Implement and Stovemaking Industrial Union of Australia, the Boilermakers' and Blacksmiths' Society of Australia, and the Federated Jewellers. In 1976 the union amalgamated with the Federated Shipwrights' & Ship Constructors' Association of Australia to become the Amalgamated Metal Workers & Shipwrights Union. In 1983 it joined the Federated Moulders (Metals) Union of Australia to become the Amalgamated Metals Foundry and Shipwrights' Union. It reverted to the name Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union in 1985 and operated until 1991 when it amalgamated with the Association of Draughting Supervisory & Technical Employees to become the Metals & Engineering Workers' Union.

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Scope and content

This deposit contains records created by A Amos in his capacity as a union official of the Stovemakers' Union 1937-45, Sheet Metal Workers' Union 1945-72, AMWU 1972-76, AMWSU 1976-77. Correspondence, membership registers, office files, conference proceedings, research files and printed material, international publications, records of the AMWSU Women's Committee, Sydney District including minutes, financial records, scrap book of cuttings and photographs.

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Related units of description

NBAC deposits: T23; E110; E186; E187; E196; E206; E220; E222; E232; E245; N24; N33; P120

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In 1962 the Amalgamated Engineering Union's Sydney Branch Political Committee urged the formation of a Women's Committee. Formed in 1963, it organised social, fund-raising and political meetings, discussions and participation in protests, demonstrations etc. with other sections of the trade union movement.

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Entered from deposit description on 11 February 2013

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