Deposit Z190 - Manchester Unity, Ballarat District deposit

Open original digital objects

Identity area

Reference code



Manchester Unity, Ballarat District deposit


  • 1856 - 1976 (Creation)

Level of description


Extent and medium

150 boxes

Context area

Name of creator

(1840 - 1993)

Administrative history

Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows (MUIOOF) had its origins in Manchester, England. It was established in Melbourne on 7 December 1840 when Augustus Greeves, a member of the MUIOOF in England, migrated to Australia and formed the first lodge, Australia Felix Lodge, with journalist Thomas Strode. By the late nineteenth century, Manchester Unity had an extensive network of lodges in metropolitan and country Victoria. The Society was governed by its Annual Moveable Conference (AMC) which, as its name implies, was held in a different Victorian country centre each year. Lodges sent delegates to the AMC, where they voted on policies and rules, and elected the new Board of Directors for the coming year. In 1993 Manchester Unity (Victoria) merged with the Australian Natives Association to form Australian Unity Friendly Society Limited, now known as Australian Unity Limited.

Content and structure area

Scope and content

The deposit consists of minutes, reports, letter books, ledgers, cash books, degrees books, correspondence, night books, contribution books, chemist and doctors list, declaration of marriage records, sickness records, sick and funeral fund books, registration books, trustee records, rules and ritual books, printed material, photographs and certificates. Includes records from Ballarat District; Albert Lodge; Alfred Lodge; Ballarat Lodge; Birthday Lodge; Blackwood Lodge; Buninyong Lodge; Beaufort Lodge; Cosmopolitan Lodge; Durham Lodge; Good Samaritan Lodge; Gordon Lodge; Gorong Lodge; Hand of Friendship Lodge; Hope of Ballarat Lodge; Juvenile Lodge; Kerrit Bareet Lodge; Learmouth Lodge; Linton Lodge; North Star Lodge; Past Grands Lodge; Peace & Plenty Lodge; Prince Alfred Lodge; Pyrenees Lodge; Rose of Allendale Lodge; Sebastapol Lodge; Sir Charles Darling Lodge; Smythesdale Lodge; Victoria Lodge.


System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Researchers must sign an access agreement

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Box list

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Related units of description

NBAC Z87; NBAC Z192; NBAC Z227; NBAC Z262

Related descriptions

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Genre access points

Description control area

Description identifier

Institution identifier

Rules and/or conventions used

Dates of creation revision deletion

Entered from deposit description on 19 June 2012




digital objects (Master) rights area

digital objects (Reference) rights area

digital objects (Thumbnail) rights area

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places