Fremantle Lumpers' Union

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Fremantle Lumpers' Union

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  • Waterside Workers' Federation, Fremantle Branch

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Dates of existence

1889 - 1946


The Fremantle Lumpers' Union was the first known union of unskilled labour in Western Australia. It was formed after a recruiting mission to the west by the Adelaide Lumpers' Union in 1889 and was inspired, perhaps, by the solidarity shown in the Great Dock Strike workers in Britain of that year. It joined the Waterside Workers' Federation in 1910 but broke away in 1933 after a dispute with the Federal Executive of the Waterside Workers' Federation over the method of collection of union dues. It reaffiliated in 1946.


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Representation for wharf labourers

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Entered from deposit description 21 March 2013




Malcolm Tull, 'Blood on the Cargo: Cargo-handling and Working Conditions on the Waterfront at Fremantle, 1900-1939', Labour History, No. 52, May 1987
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