Deposit N386 - Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union, New South Wales Branch (Frank Bollins) deposit

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Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union, New South Wales Branch (Frank Bollins) deposit


  • 1914 - 1983 (Creation)

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2.80m (14 boxes)

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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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(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.

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The deposit consists of records of Frank Bollins, NSW Branch President, on his retirement on 5 July 1983. Includes minutes of national and state conferences, branch committee and council meetings, rules, conference and seminar papers, demarcation agreements, NSW Railways papers, correspondence, general union files and publications.


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Entered from deposit description on 10 December 2012, revised and converted to N385 by Beth Lonergan, 4 September 2018.




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