Deposit N391 - Nick Origlass papers

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Nick Origlass papers


  • 1914 - 1965 (Creation)

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11 boxes (10 Type 1 and 1 Type 2)

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(1908 - 1996)

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Nicholas (Nick) Origlass, trade unionist and politician, was born in 1908 at Woodstock, North Queensland. In 1942 he became a delegate for the Federated Ironworkers' Association (FIA) at Mort's Dock, Balmain, Sydney. He was a central figure, along with Issy Wyner and others, in the Balmain ironworker's strike of 1945. He joined the Australian Labor Party and was elected to Leichhardt Council in 1958. He was expelled from the ALP ten years later but was successful in being elected Mayor of Leichhardt in 1971 as an Independent Labor candidate. As mayor, Origlass championed public participation or "Open Council" in the Leichhardt Council. Origlass retired in 1995 and died in Sydney on 17 May 1996.

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Records relating to the Balmain Ironworkers’ Dispute, including minutes of the rebel Balmain branch of the Federated Ironworkers Association, correspondence, financial records, newspaper clippings and printed material.


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Entered from deposit description on 13 October 2011




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