Deposit S35 - Amalgamated Metal Workers' and Shipwrights' Union Monthly Journal, later AMWSU Quarterly Journal

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AU NBAC S35

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Amalgamated Metal Workers' and Shipwrights' Union Monthly Journal, later AMWSU Quarterly Journal

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  • 1889 - 1983 (Creation)

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2m

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(1851 - 1973)

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Established in 1851, the original Amalgamated Engineering Union was a branch of the British union. It was registered with the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Court in 1905 and became known as the Amalgamated Society of Engineers. In 1920 it amalgamated with ten other engineering and allied trade unions and changed its name to the Amalgamated Engineering Union, Australian Section in 1921. In 1968 the union became autonomous from its parent body in Britain, shortening its name to the Amalgamated Engineering Union to reflect this. In mid-June 1972 the AEU began a series of amalgamations with the Sheet Metal Workers, Blacksmiths & Boilermakers and Federated Jewellers to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union by 1973.

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(1973 - 1976, 1985 - 1991)

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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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(1976 - 1983)

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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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Initially titled 'Amalgamated Society of Engineers Monthly Report' from 1889 to 1921. Following renaming of the Society to the Amalgamated Engineering Union (AEU) in 1922, the title changed to 'Amalgamated Engineering Union Monthly Report'. From 1935 the journal became the 'Monthly Journal and Report' and from 1949 simply 'Monthly Journal'. When the AEU amalgamated with the Boilers' and Blacksmiths' Society and the Sheet Metal Workers' Union in 1973 forming the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union (AMWU) the Journal was renamed 'Amalgamated Metal Unions Monthly Journal', and in 1974 renamed again as 'Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union Monthly Journal'. AMWU amalgamated with the Shipwrights' Union in 1979 at which point the journal became the 'Amalgamated Metal Workers' and Shipwrights' Union Monthly Journal, and from July 1980 the 'AMWSU Quarterly Journal'.

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See also S36 and S37

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