Port Adelaide Working Men’s Association

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Type of entity

Trade union

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Port Adelaide Working Men’s Association

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Description area

Dates of existence

1872 - 1915


The Port Adelaide Working Men’s Association was established in 1872 to protect the interests of wharf labourers. It assisted members obtain a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work, maintained order and decorum among its members and raised a benefit fund through entrance fees, subscriptions and fines. The Port Adelaide Working Men’s Association joined the Waterside Workers’ Federation in 1915.


Adelaide, South Australia

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Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for waterside workers

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Prepared by Margaret Avard, April 2013




Beasley, Margo (1996) ‘Wharfies : a history of the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia’. Rushcutters Bay, N.S.W. : Halstead Press in association with the Australian National Maritime Museum.

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