Newcastle Trades Hall and Labour
Labour history archives
This collection includes the archives of the Newcastle Trades Hall and affiliated Trade Unions, which date from the 1870s. By 1880 Newcastle had become "the very hotbed of radicalism and ultra-democratic notions", and the poet Kendall was forced to withdraw his libellous poem about an early labour politician, Ninian Melville. These records go back to those times when Trade Unions and the Newcastle Eight Hour Committee met in the local hotels, before the opening of the first Newcastle Trades Hall, (at the corner of Hunter and Union Streets), in the 1890s.
Josiah Cocking - Founding member of the Wallsend Chapter of the Australian Socialist Leaugue
How to Become Rich - A pamphlet about Labor and Socialism published by the "Mother of Labor" Bertha McNamara
Fraternal Societies Collection
Records, 1910 - 1927 5 volumes and 1 box
B9443-B9447, Minute books, contribution books, secretary's
A5607 note book, bank book, Colliery Employees Federation income and expenditure book, Australian Coal and Shale Employee's Federation records, membership books, rules, questionnaire, half yearly returns and printed material
Records, 1938 - 1975, 5 boxes
A6532, Minute book, 1963 - 1975
A6533 Coal Mining Unions Council minutes, 1945 - 1959; Coal mining industrial relations papers, 1938 - 1959; Correspondence relating to apprentices, 1965; State Electricity Commission Mines Shop Steward minutes, 1965 - 1966; Joint Coal Board correspondence, 1949
A6534-A6536 Hunter Valley collieries, industrial relations papers, 1940 - 1969.
Records, 1928 - 1988, 10 boxes
A6657 Conferences, workshops and seminars, 1972 - 1986; Submissions, reports and parliamentary documents, 1983 - 1986.
A6658-A6659, Files on tradesmen and apprentices, 1967 - 1972
A6660-A6662 Arbitration and conciliation, awards and agreements, 1928 - 1983.
A6662 Kooragang bulk facilities construction agreement, 1982.
A6663 Shipwrights Association records, 1966 - 1985.
A6664 Maritime Services Board files, 1980 - 1985.
A6665 Report of the working party on the Australian ship repair industry, 1984; State Dockyard minutes, press clippings, photographs and reports, 1977; Coal and coal loaders files, 1976 - 1982; Country, Gosford and North Coast correspondence, 1972 - 1976; Industrial Relations Bureau and Industrial Registrar's correspondence, 1972 - 1977.
A6666 Printed material: The Kemira stay-in strike, October 1982; Journals, newsletters and printed material, 1980 - 1988; Tape recording: Excerpts from speeches at National Defense Meeting, 1979.
B11308-B11309 Minute books, 1915 - 1923
A5157-A5171 Correspondence, 1948 - 1961
Records, 1937 - 1979, 23 volumes and 1 box
B10060-B10082, Minute books, correspondence, annual reports
A5692 (incomplete), circulars, printed history and printed material
A5397 Copy of Memorandum of Agreement of Industrial Conditions on the South Maitland Coalfield, February 1, 1906
Mining records, 1903 - 1918 and press clipping, 1977.
A5397, Copies of mining records, including industrial
A5422 awards relating to Pelaw Main colliery, Proceedings of The Royal Commission on Coal Mining Disputes in Newcastle and Gunnedah 1907, Coal Board Orders and Judges notes 1918, and a press clipping Wallace Maher - fifty years later', by Jim Comerford, 1977.
Additional mining and labour records, 1833 - 1975
A5422, A5767 Records on the industrial, economic and social
A5828, A5829 history of coal and shale mining in the Hunter Valley. Notable items include early photographs of the mines and mining towns; photographs of the funeral of 1929 Rothbury victim Norman Brown; copies of early documents on the Australian Agricultural Company's mines and John Platt; copies of early documents on the history of Minmi; miners' union records of the history of Minmi; miners' union records of the 1880s; and records on the history of Hunter Valley local government, co-operatives, and workers' club
Copy of newspaper article on Jim Comerford, July 17, 1973
Records, 1928 - 1957, 2 boxes
A5694-A5695 Press clippings on colliery industrial disputes, late 1920s; Records concerning National Parks in the Hunter-Manning Region, 1940s - 1950s.
A6154(x) A history of Earp Brothers… Newcastle, 1883 - 1893
A5132-A5133 Correspondence, 1954 - 1958
A5137-A5141 Correspondence and bank statements, 1960 - 1963
AB5579-AB5583 Minute books and journals, 1918 - 1936.
A6053(xiv) The Federated Moulder, Nos. 1 - 9
Records, 1877 - 1976 35 volumes and 2 boxes
A5142-A5143 Ritual books, c.1890; Annual accounts, 1927 - 1972
A5143 Press clipping book, 1936 - 1944; Cash book, 1922; Employment returns, 1912 - 1941; Conciliation and arbitration files, 1960 - 1969; Essay on boilermakers by G. Robinson, 1976.
B5588 Members register, 1908 - 1914
B5589 Return book, 1915 - 1922
B5590-B5619 Minute books, 1877 - 1973
B5620-B5621 Contribution book, 1896 - 1912
B5622 Ledger, 1915 - 1923
B5578a Minute book, 1885 - 1886
B8745 Minute book, 1906 - 1909
Records, 1870 - 1958 14 volumes and 1 box
B10310-10323, Minute books, annual reports and accounts,
A5903a, correspondence, financial and library records
B10310-10314 Minute books, 1878 - 1945
Records, 1952 - 1975 6 boxes
A5503-A5507 Constitution, minutes, correspondence, financial records, annual reports, members' lists and printed material
Records, 1979 - 1983, 1 box
A6373 L.A.A. General Council minutes, 1979 - 1982; L.A.A. New South Wales Branch Council minutes, 1979 - 1981; Hunter Regional Group minutes, 1979 - 1983; Library Technician Certificate course,
Sub-Committee on Work Experience, minutes, 1981; Correspondence, 1979 - 1983; Lists of officers and professional members, 1982; Library Association of Australia National Continuing Education Programme prospectus, 1983; Copyright statement on non-book materials, 1982; Posters and brochures, 1982.
Newspaper cutting books and papers, 1926 - 1953.
2 volumes and 1 box
B8023-B8024, A5200 Two volumes of cuttings from the Newcastle and Sydney press, relating to State politics, the Labor Movement,
Newcastle unions, industrial disputes and Newcastle industries. News cuttings and other papers relating to the Labor Party, social problems and prison work.
B8846 The Newcastle coal mining district of New South Wales, 1860 - 1900 (1979) 1 volume. University of Sydney, History Department, Ph.D. Thesis
Photographs, 1938. 1 envelope
A5233 Photographs of housing in Newcastle, reflecting poor housing conditions during the 1930s Depression.
B5578 Minute book, 1933 - 1937. 1 volume
B11313 Minute book, 1948 - 1969. 1 volume
Union records, c.1940 - 1970, 4 volumes and 1 bundle
B5584-B5587, Minute books, newspaper clippings book, and
A5233 photographs of members
B10368 Industrial group activity in the Newcastle region with particular reference to the Federated Ironworkers' Association, Miners' Federation, and Trades Hall Council, 1981.
Honours Thesis, Department of Industrial Relations, University of Sydney
Theatre records, c.1950 - 1974. 6 boxes
A5178-A5183 Play scripts, minute book, set and costume designs, and related printed material.
A6517 Minute books, 1924 - 1954. 2 boxes
Records, 1886 - 1948. 21 volumes
B7967-B7987 Minute books, roll and address book, asylum and maternity hospital admission and discharge books, outdoor relief journal, annual reports, visitors book, and press clipping book.
Archives, 1878 - 1971 (with gaps) 74 boxes and 8 volumes
A5061-A5129, A5184-A5188, B5570-B5578, A5749-A5753a, Minutes, correspondence, secretary's diary, annual accounts and
A5749-A5753a, A5935-A5937 May Day, Trades Hall, trade union, and social research records; incomplete runs of labor newspapers, and records on the labor movement collected by unionists Edwin J. Brent and Alex. Dowling, c.1918 - 1981.
A5061-A5121 Correspondence and related papers, 1930 - 1969
A5184-A5185 Correspondence, 1959
A5121 A.C.T.U. Congress proceedings, 1955 - 1967
A5122-A5126 Minutes, 1937 - 1974
A5127-A5128 Annual accounts, 1930 - 1964
A5129 Delegates Council attendance sheets, 1956, 1958, 1959; Bank pass books, c.1930 - c.1950.
A5186-A5187 Pamphlets, handbills and printed material
A5188 May Day files, 1940 - 1964
A5188a Constitutions and rules of Australian Trade Unions, Pensioner's Associations and R.S.L. clubs 1931 - 1962
Records, 1950 - 1955, 2 boxes
A5130-A5131 Correspondence and annual accounts
A6517 Minute books, 1954 - 1971. 1 box
B11310-B11312 Minute books, 1909 - 1941. 3 volumes
Records, 1888, 1927 - 1972. 6 boxes and 1 volume
A5172-A5177, Minute book, correspondence, half-yearly
B5654 reports, and related papers.
Archives, 1841, 1885 - 1966. 1 box and 27 volumes
A5042, Minute books, members' registers, membership
B5490-B5514a lists, declaration books, correspondence, account books, and an 1841 devotional text in Gaelic
Records, 1945 - 1975.
A5148-A5156, Correspondence, telegrams, members' registers,
B5625-B5653, minute books, and related records
A5148-A5155 Correspondence 1953 - 1964
Womens Committee correspondence and related papers, 1963 - 1968.
Records, 1943 - 1972 ,7 boxes and 2 volumes
A5134-A5136, A5144-A5147, B5623-B5624 Minute books, correspondence, annual accounts, and related papers.
Records, 1842 - 1860 3 volumes
B5363-B5365 Minute books and cash book
A5890 Minutes, 1909 - 1918. 1 microfilm reel
B9784 Minute book, 1923 - 1925. 1 volumeDepicts or Relates ToHow to become rich beyond the dreams of avarice in the shortest possible time, or, Labor & socialismJosiah CockingCollectionSpecial Collections Finding Aids
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