Deposit M54 - Trades and Labor Council of Queensland microfilm deposit

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Trades and Labor Council of Queensland microfilm deposit


  • 1889 - 1970 (Creation)

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10 reels of microfilm

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(1885 -)

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The first steps toward forming a labour council in Queensland was a meeting of interested union Secretaries held on 18 August with the formation of the new Brisbane Trades and Labor Council occurring on 1 September 1885. Within four years the Labor Council had disbanded to make way for the Australian Labor Federation The Brisbane District Council of Australasian Labor Federation was formed on the eve of a range of industrial disputes, amongst them the printers industry wide strike of 1889, and the shearers and maritime workers strikes of the 1890s. By 1914, it found itself completely devoid of affiliates and was consequently dissolved. By mid-1914 the Brisbane Industrial Council was formed. By March 1917 attempts were being explored to develop a closer unity between the Industrial Council and other bodies such as the Eight Hours Union and the Trades Hall Board. It took over twelve months, but in September 1918 a conference of 42 metropolitan unions adopted the Trades Hall amalgamation scheme. The Trades and Labor Council of Queensland was eventually established on 12 April 1922 with 46 unions at the inaugural meeting. This body continued in name until 1993 when it became the Australian Council of Trade Unions Queensland Branch and then was renamed the Queensland Council of Unions in 1999.

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Microfilm copy of minutes of Executive Committee (1911-1961) and general meetings (1922-1961), committee minutes, financial records, reports, minutes of Combined Unions of Brisbane (1914-1916), papers relating to the 1891 shearers' strike, minutes of the United Operative Stonemasons' Society, Brisbane or Ipswich branch (1866-1870) and Queensland Eight Hours Anniversary Union (1887-1891).


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Copies also held by Mitchell Library, University of Wollongong, James Cook University, University of Adelaide, and Oxley Library, State Library of Queensland

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Entered from deposit description 8 November 2012




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