Deposit N395 - Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union, New South Wales Branch (Ron Arnold) deposit

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Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union, New South Wales Branch (Ron Arnold) deposit


  • 1946 - 1981 (Creation)

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16 boxes (14 Type 1, 1 Type 2 and 1 oversize)

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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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(Unknown - 1981)

Biographical history

Ronald Arnold was New South Wales Assistant Secretary of the Amalgamated Metal Workers Union, c. 1941-1981. As an AMWU or ALP representative Arnold was involved in international peace and disarmament conferences. Arnold died in November 1981.

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Assistant secretary's files (Ron Arnold) including subject files re Australia-Vietnam Society and peace and disarmament movement, political campaigns and international conferences, diaries, press cuttings, pamphlets and printed material, photographs, postcards and souvenir items. Includes records of predecessors Amalgamated Metal Workers & Shipwrights Union and Boilermakers' & Blacksmiths' Society. Includes a large number of photographs taken in Japan and Vietnam, particularly of damage done by atomic bombs and during Vietnam War. Note that many photographs include graphic content.


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Entered from deposit description on 4 December 2012




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