Federated Felt Hatting Employees' Union of Australasia

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Federated Felt Hatting Employees' Union of Australasia

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Dates of existence

1912 - 1950


Registered in 1912, the Federated Felt Hatting Employees' Union of Australasia and its predecessors flourished from the nineteenth century up until midway through the twentieth century in what was a protected domestic industry. It re-registered as the Federated Felt Hatting & Allied Trade Employees' Union of Australia in 1950. The industry, and consequently, the union began to wane before the multiple onslaught of mechanisation, imports, and fashion. In 1984 it amalgamated with the Australian Textile Workers' Union and in 1987 became the Amalgamated Footwear and Textile Workers' Union of Australia after another amalgamation, this time with the Australian Boot Trade Employees' Federation. By 1992, this union had merged with the Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia to form the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia.


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Representation for hatters and milliners.

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Conducted by divisions.
No. 1 Division: journeymen felt hatters, managers, sub-managers, proofers, dyers, foremen. Machine blockers, pressers and pullers-up could choose to join No. 1 or No. 3.
No. 1A Division: "all employees wholly or partially engaged on work covered by the terms of the Federated Felt Hatting Award Appendix Part I, Millinery Award, 1948."
No. 2 Division: trimmers, binders, wool formers, weighers, feeders, apprentices and forewomen.
No. 3 Division: assistants and any employed in the felt hat trade who are not members of other unions.
Source: Federal rulebook, 1952. Available in NBAC Z573.

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Entered from deposit description on 24 January 2013. Revised by Brenton Clifford 7 November 2017.




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