Deposit N343 - Papers of Della and EV Elliott

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Papers of Della and EV Elliott


  • 1894 - 2006 (Creation)

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(1902 - 1984)

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(1872 - 1993)

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The first seamen’s unions in Australia were formed in Melbourne (1872) and in Sydney (1874). In 1876 the Melbourne Seamen’s Union and the Sydney Seamen’s Union amalgamated and, by 1880, there were seamen’s unions in all the eastern and south-eastern colonies of Australia as well as in several ports in New Zealand. The Federated Seamen's Union of Australasia was registered in 1906 under the Commonwealth's industrial relations legislation and, in 1907, Head Office was transferred from Melbourne to Sydney. Although the Federated Seamen's Union of Australasia was deregistered in 1925, in 1930 many of its members went on to form the Seamen's Union of Australasia which, in 1943, became the Seamen’s Union of Australia. Despite amalgamations with the Marine Cooks, Bakers and Butchers' Association of Australia in 1983, the Federated Marine Stewards and Pantrymen’s Association of Australasia in 1988 and the Professional Divers' Association in 1991, it remained the Seamen's Union of Australia until 1993 when it amalgamated with the Waterside Workers' Federation to form the Maritime Union of Australia.

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Correspondence, photographs, newspaper articles, reports, minutes, speeches, travel documents and papers related to the work and personal lives of Della Elliott and Eliot Valens Elliott, particularly Eliot's work as Federal Secretary of the Seamen's Union of Australia between 1941-1978. Also includes a significant collection of material related to the Seamen's Union of Australia including correspondence, reports, photographs and newspaper articles in addition to material related to the Trade Union Equal Pay Committee, Australian Women's Charter, Federated Clerks' Union of Australia New South Wales Branch, Communist Party of Australia, Socialist Party of Australia and communist and socialist movements in Europe and Asia.


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  • Chinese
  • Czech
  • English
  • German
  • Russian

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