Firemen and Deckhands’ Union of New South Wales

Identity area

Type of entity

Trade union

Authorized form of name

Firemen and Deckhands’ Union of New South Wales

Parallel form(s) of name

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Other form(s) of name

  • Firemen and Deckhands’ Association of New South Wales

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Description area

Dates of existence

1901 - 1993


Formed in Sydney in 1901 as the Firemen and Deckhands’ Association of New South Wales, by 1950 the name was changed to the Firemen and Deckhands’ Union of New South Wales. Throughout its history the Firemen and Deckhands’ Union underwent a number of amalgamations with other unions covering the maritime industry, including the incorporation of members of the Ferry and Tugboat Employees' Union (circa 1913) and the Marine Motor Drivers and Coxswains' Union in 1967. Gradually the Firemen and Deckhands' Union of New South Wales was absorbed into the New South Wales Branch of the Seamen's Union of Australia, beginning in 1976 with the establishment of a single national tugboat award and ending, in 1993, when the Seamen's Union of Australia amalgamated with the Waterside Workers Federation of Australia to form the Maritime Union of Australia.


Sydney, New South Wales

Legal status

Functions, occupations and activities

Representation for ferry workers, firemen, coxswains, deckhands

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Internal structures/genealogy

General context

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Control area

Authority record identifier

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Prepared by Margaret Avard, November 2012




Huntley, Pat and Huntley, Ian. (1976). "Inside Australia's Top 100 Trade Union - Are They Wrecking Australia?" Northbridge:Ian Huntley Pty. Ltd.
Kirkby, Diane. (2008). "Voices from the ships: Australia's seafarers and their union". University of New South Wales Press: Sydney.
Australian Trade Union Archives website

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