Deposit E217 - Australasian Steamship Owner's Federation and Commonwealth Steamship Owners' Association deposit

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Australasian Steamship Owner's Federation and Commonwealth Steamship Owners' Association deposit


  • 1893 - 1971 (Creation)

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27.7 m

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(1905 - c. 1976)

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On 11 July 1905 the Commonwealth Steamship Owners' Association was formed and registered under the Conciliation and Arbitration Act to assume the industrial responsibilities of the Australasian Steamship Owners' Federation. The two bodies were identical in composition but differed in function, the ASOF dealing with matters pertaining to the Navigation Act and the CSOA handling industrial disputes, awards, and representing shipping companies in matters before the Arbitration Court.

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(1899 - c. 1986)

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The Australasian Steamship Owners Federation was established in September 1899 after its predecessor, the Victorian Steamship Owners' Association, was formally wound up. The federation modelled itself on the Shipping Federation, London, and its founding members were Huddart Parker & Co, McIlwraith McEachern & Co, the Union Steamship Company of New Zealand, the Australasian Steam Navigation Company, and the Adelaide Steamship Company. By 1922 branches were established in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Fremantle. The Newcastle branch was established in 1928. In 1986 the Australian National Maritime Association was formed out of the ASOF.

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The deposit consists of Australasian Steamship Owners' Federation minutes 1901-1959; Branch minutes 1939-1959; Industrial Sub-Committee minutes 1927-1966; Commonwealth Steamship Owners' Association minutes 1920-1958; Association of Employers of Waterside Labour minutes 1944-1958; New South Wales Interstate Steamship Owners' Association minutes1939-1950; Maritime Industry Commission minutes 1944-1958; Stevedoring Industry Commission minutes 1946-1948; CSOA members registers 1905-1930; ASOF annual reports 1904-1906; 1922-1940; ASOF circulars 1938-1959; CSOA circulars 1938-1960; Victorian Steamship Owners' Association minutes 1893-1899; correspondence; Central Committee subject files; Central Committee arbitration files and transcripts 1934-1965; newscuttings 1923-1954; papers and transcripts of inquiries 1929-1969; financial records 1904-1962.


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NBAC E203; NBAC Z559

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Entered from deposit description on 23 July 2012




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