Deposit Z102 - Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, National Office deposit 1

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AU NBAC Z102

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Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union, National Office deposit 1

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  • 1852 - 1999 (Creation)

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1089 boxes

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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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(1916 - 1976)

Biographical history

The Union was first registered federally in January 1916 as the Federated Shipwrights of Australia. In September 1916 it changed its name to the Federated Shipwrights' Ship Constructors' & Boat Builders' Association of Australia and in 1917, the union became the Federated Shipwrights Ship Constructors Naval Architects Ships Draughtsmen and Boat Builders of Australia. In 1933 it changed its name again to the Federated Shipwrights' & Ship Constructors' Association of Australia. Operating until 1976 the Federated Shipwrights' & Ship Constructors' Association amalgamated with the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers' & Shipwrights' Union.

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(1899 - 1983)

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The Federated Moulders' (Metals) Union of Australia was formed through the federation of several state unions in 1899 as the Federated Iron Brass & Steel Moulders' Union of Australasia. It was federally registered in 1916 as the Federated Moulders' (Metals) Union of Australasia and in 1930 changed its name slightly to the Federated Moulders' (Metals) Union of Australia. The Union operated until 1983 when it amalgamated with the Amalgamated Metal Workers' and Shipwrights' Union to form the Amalgamated Metals Foundry & Shipwrights' Union.

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(1966 - 1995)

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The Printing & Kindred Industries Union was formed on 6 July 1966 after the amalgamation of the Printing Industry Employees' Union of Australia and the Amalgamated Printing Trades Employees' Union of Australia. In 1986 the PKIU amalgamated with the Federated Photo Engravers Photo-Lithographers & Photogravure Employees' Association of Australia, and in 1992 with the Victorian Printers Operatives' Union. It was re-registered and retained its name until 1995 when the PKIU amalgamated with the Automotive Food Metals and Engineering Union to form the Automotive Food Metals Engineering Printing & Kindred Industries Union, otherwise known as the Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union.

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(1986 - 1991)

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The Association of Draughting Supervisory and Technical Employees was reformed after an amalgamation with the Australian Public Service Artisans' Association in 1986. ADSTE amalgamated again in 1991 with the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union to form the Metals and Engineering Workers' Union.

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(c. 1912 - 1965)

Biographical history

The Blacksmiths' Society of Australasia formed around 1912 and was registered in 1916. In 1954 the union became known as the Blacksmiths' Society of Australia until it was deregistered in 1965. Members of the union joined the Boilermakers' Society of Australia which became the Boilermakers' & Blacksmiths' Society of Australia in 1965.

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(1965 - 1973)

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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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(1824 - 1920)

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The Steam Engine Makers' Society was founded in Liverpool on 2 November 1824. The original members of the Union included fitters, turners and steam engine erectors but the Union broadened its scope in 1847 to include millwrights, steam-engine patternmakers and the makers of tools used in the manufacture of steam engines. The society finally amalgamated with the Amalgamated Society of Engineers to form the Amalgamated Engineering Union in 1920.

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(1916 - 1993)

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The Federated Ship Painters' and Dockers' Union of Australia was registered under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act (1904) in 1916, and had New South Wales, Victorian and Federal branches. It was deregistered in 1993.

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(1943 - c. 1996)

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The Metal Trades Federation of Unions was formed at a conference held on 14-16 June 1943 with seven unions affiliated to it including the Amalgamated Engineering Union, Australasian Society of Engineers, Blacksmiths Society of Australia, Boilermakers Society of Australia, Federated Ironworkers Association of Australia, Federated Moulders (Metals) Union of Australia, Sheet Metal Working Industrial Union of Australia. In 1943 the Federated Agricultural Implement & Stovemakers, Porcelain Enamellers & Iron Workers Association of Australia affiliated and in 1944 the Federated Engine Drivers & Firemens Association of Australasia affiliated. In 1965 the Blacksmiths Society and Boilermakers Society amalgamated to form the Boilermakers & Blacksmiths Society of Australia. In 1966 the Australasian Society of Engineers disaffiliated. In 1972 the Amalgamated Engineering Union, Boilermakers & Blacksmiths Society and the Sheet Metal Working, Agricultural Implement & Stovemaking Industrial Union amalgamated to form the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union.

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(c. 1880 - c. 1917)

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The New South Wales Typographical Association was formed after a series of meetings held in early 1880 and registered under the New South Wales Trade Union Act, 1881, on the 15 June 1882. In 1917-1918 the NSW Typographical Association was converted to the New South Wales branch of the Printing Industry Employees' Union of Australia.

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Minute books, rules, correspondence, proposition books and membership records, subject and office files, files of office holders, legal and historical papers, conference papers, industrial files, district committee minutes, branch minutes, reports, speeches, campaign files, photographs, films, posters and publications. Includes records of the following unions and predecessors Amalgamated Engineering Union, Amalgamated Society of Engineers, Amalgamated Metal Workers Union, Amalgamated Metal Workers and Shipwrights Union, Boilermakers and Blacksmiths Society of Australia, Blacksmiths Society of Australia, Federated Iron Moulders Union, Federated Moulders (Metals) Union, Federated Shipwrights and Ship Constructors Association, Federated Society of Boilermakers and Iron Ship Builders, Fox Manufacturing Dispute Committee, Metal Trades Federation, Sheet Metal Working, Agricultural Implement and Stove Making Industrial Union of Australia, Steam Engine Makers Society, Association of Draughting, Supervisory and Technical Employees, Federated Ship Painters and Dockers Union, Metals and Engineering Workers Union, Printing and Kindred Industries Union and the NSW Typographical Association.

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NBAC deposits: Z628; E140; E157; M24; N24; P109; E107; E162;E185; E209; E221; E222; E227; E234; T61

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Entered from deposit description on 4 December 2012

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