Chamber of Manufactures of New South Wales

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Industry association

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Chamber of Manufactures of New South Wales

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Dates of existence

1885 -


In 1885, the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW was founded to lobby on behalf of its members, primarily for a better deal on tariff policies. It adopted a new constitution in 1895, maintaining a non-political stance to champion the broader interests of NSW businesses. In 1912, the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW set up the Manufacturers Mutual Insurance Company (MMI). The insurance company arm was established primarily to indemnify employers against claims that might be made by their employees who were injured at work, and was in direct response to the new Workmen's Compensation Act of 1910. The Chamber continued to expand in NSW over the following years, opening offices in Newcastle, Lismore, Wollongong and Ballina. In 1995, the Chamber of Manufactures of NSW broke its tie with MMI, selling its shares of the company and changing its name to Australian Business Limited. In 2006, Australian Business Limited merged with the State Chamber of Commerce (NSW) to become Australian Business Limited (incorporating the State Chamber of Commerce) then later ABL/State Chamber. In January 2007, ABL/State Chamber changed its name to the NSW Business Chamber.


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Entered from deposit description 6 December 2012




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