Deposit P130 - John Simms Baker collection

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John Simms Baker collection


  • c. 1967 - c. 1977 (Creation)

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(1908 - 2001)

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John Simms Baker was General Secretary of the Australian Third Division Telegraphists & Postal Clerks' Union from 1947 to 1967. He becamed involved with the Federal Council for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Advancement (FCAATSI) from 1962. He was General Secretary, Union of Postal Clerks & Telegraphists (UPCT) from 1967-73. From 1975-77 Baker was researching the history of postal clerks and telegraphists unions and authored a few books about the union. Baker also had a strong interest in folk songs, specifically folk songs in the trade union movement.

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Research papers of John Simms Baker and G Sorrell relating to the preparation for Baker's book, Communicators and Their First Trade Unions, 1980. Includes draft chapters, chronologies with supporting documentation, photocopied extracts of union journals and Government publications on specific topics, pamphlets, press cuttings, etc relating to the history of the union, contributions from the public, and some correspondence relating to the history.


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Created by Erin Gallant on 17 August 2011; revised on 5 September 2011




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