Deposit M44 - Australian Workers' Union microfilm deposit 1

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Australian Workers' Union microfilm deposit 1


  • 1887 - 1968 (Creation)

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44 reels of microfilm

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(1905 -)

Biographical history

The Australian Workers' Union, registered federally in 1905, initially sought to serve unskilled rural workers such as shearers and general labourers and eventually grew to be politically influential within the Australian Labor Party. Increasing in size as members from deregistered unions such as the South Australian United Laborers' Union and the Australian Carriers' Union were absorbed into the fold, the AWU postured itself as the 'One Big Union' of Australian trade unionism. In 1976 the union was reregistered following an amalgamation with the Wool and Basil Workers' Federation of Australia. The Union was again reregistered in 1988 when it merged with the Undertakers' Assistants and Cemetery Employees' Union. A final amalgamation in 1993 with Federation of Industrial Manufacturing and Engineering Employees brought about the AWU-FIME Amalgamated Union but it continues to be known as the Australian Workers' Union.

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Minutes of Queensland Shearers' Union (1887-1892), Australian Workers' Union Annual Conference (1896- 1968), Executive Council (1902-1968), Central Branch (1899-1944), Bourke Branch (1906-1912), Tasmanian Branch (1918-1924), The Worker Board of Control (1895-1957) and the Amalgamated Workers' Association of Queensland (1912-1913). General correspondence, legal opinions and records of the People's Printing and Publishing Company, Westland Broadcasting Company, Amalgamated Mining Employees Association of Australia and the Amalgamated Works Association.


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The reels have been numbered from 1 to 41 but there is also reel 00, reel 0 and reel 16A (which is actually two reels).

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NBAC: N117, Australian Workers' Union deposit

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Entered from deposit description 10 October 2012




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