Amalgamated Shearers' Union of Australasia

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Amalgamated Shearers' Union of Australasia

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Dates of existence

1887 - 1894


The Amalgamated Shearers' Union of Australia was formed in 1887 by the amalgamation of the Australian Shearers' Union, the Bourke Shearers' Union and the Wagga Shearers' Union. It quickly grew to represent shearers across New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. By the early 1890s, the Amalgamated Shearers' Union was fighting a battle of survival in strikes that spread across the colonies. Economic depression and severe drought savaged the wool industry and further impeded the effectiveness of the ASU. By 1894 the ASU, in order to maintain a strong union front in the rural sector, was forced to merge with other rural-based unions to form the Australian Workers' Union.


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Representation for shearers

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Entered from deposit description 9 October 2012




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