Deposit T8 - Victorian Operative Bricklayers' Society deposit

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Victorian Operative Bricklayers' Society deposit


  • 1856 - 1956 (Creation)

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2.5 m

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(1856 -)

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The Victorian Operative Bricklayers' Society was established on 8 April 1856 at the Belvidere Hotel, Brunswick Street in Collingwood 'for the purpose of mutual support of the Members in case of accident, and for the Burial of Members and Members' Wives'. Apart from the central Melbourne (No. 1) Lodge, lodges were also formed at Bendigo, Prahran and Richmond. It was an early party to eight-hours agreements but remained unregistered until 1969. In 1988 it joined the two Victorian plaster industry unions to form the Victorian State Building Trades Union.

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Minutes of general and Executive meetings (1911-1952), of Melbourne Lodge (1856-1946), Prahran Lodge (1925-1943) and Richmond Lodge (1922-1932), rule book, delegate's diary (1860), correspondence, membership records, financial records, photographs of centenary celebrations (1956) and printed material. Includes minutes of the Lock-Out Committee, Eastern Market Works (1878).


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Entered from deposit description 22 March 2013




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