Deposit N81 - Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association Coast District Branch deposit

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Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association Coast District Branch deposit


  • 1915 - 1978 (Creation)

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15 m

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(1908 - 1992)

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The Federated Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Association of Australasia dates back to local engine drivers' unions on Australian goldfields but was not registered federally until 1908. Predecessors include the Newcastle Colliery Engine Drivers' Union (1889-1921), the Newcastle Crane Employees' Union (1893-1915), the Shore Engine Drivers' and Firemen's Union of New South Wales (1901-1908), the Steam Crane Engine Drivers' Society of New South Wales (1901-1910), the New England Engine Drivers' Association (amalgamated in 1908), the Amalgamated Engine Drivers' Association of Tasmania and the United Certificated Engine Drivers' Association of Victoria. It was deregistered in 1949 but formed again in 1950 under the same name. It was amalgamated with the Construction Forestry and Mining Employees' Union and the Operative Plasterers' and Plaster Workers' Federation of Australia in 1992 to form the Construction Forestry Mining and Energy Union. The union represented engine drivers and firemen, crane drivers, dynamo and boiler attendants, forklift drivers and plant operators in hospitals, abattoirs, dockyards, brickworks, mines, power stations and factories.

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Minutes (1915-1927, 1938-1976), correspondence and subject files, financial records, some records of the Sydney, Canberra and Power sub-branches, photographs and printed material. Of significance is N81/39, an address by Bob Hawke to the Federated Engine Drivers and Firemans Association of Australia (NSW), State Council Meeting, 25 - 27 June 1969. Recorded in the minutes is the decision to support Hawke in the ballot for President of the ACTU.


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Entered from deposit description 2 October 2012




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