Deposit Z88 - Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union, National Office (Gilbert Stead) deposit

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AU NBAC Z88

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Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union, National Office (Gilbert Stead) deposit

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  • 1881 - 1988 (Creation)

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9.0 m

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Name of creator

(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.

Name of creator

(1851 - 1973)

Biographical history

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.

Name of creator

(1965 - 1973)

Biographical history

The Boilermakers' and Blacksmiths' Society of Australia was formed in 1965 when members of the deregistered Blacksmiths' Society of Australia joined the Boilermakers' Society of Australia. In 1973 it joined the Amalgamated Engineering Union and the Sheet Metal Workers to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union.

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Records of Gilbert Stead (AMWU commonwealth finance and records officer) and of AMWU predecessors including minutes, rule books and constitution, amalgamation files, correspondence, membership and financial records, subject files, reports, position papers, photographs, leaflets and publications. Includes records of Alan Wilson (Amalgamated Engineering Union commonwealth councillor), AMWU national returning office files and predecessors Amalgamated Engineering Union, Stove and Piano Frame Moulders and Stove Makers Employees Union, Tinsmiths and Sheet Iron Workers Trade Society, Sheet Metal Working, Agricultural Implement and Stovemaking Industrial Union of Australia, NSW Branch and the Boilermakers' & Blacksmiths' Society of Australia.

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Researchers must sign an access agreement

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Alan Wilson interviewed by Gilbert Stead [sound recording], National Library of Australia: ORAL TRC 2638

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Entered from deposit description on 4 December 2012

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