Deposit E117 - Operative Stonemasons' Society of Australia Victorian Branch deposit

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Operative Stonemasons' Society of Australia Victorian Branch deposit


  • 1850 - 1965 (Creation)

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5.5 m

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Name of creator

(1855 - 1918)

Biographical history

This union was formed in 1855 initially as the Independent Society but more commonly referred to as the Friendly Society of United Operative Stonemasons of Victoria. It was later called the Trade and Friendly Society of Operative Stone Masons of Victoria. An earlier organisation called the Operative Masons' Benefit Society had existed in Victoria from November 1850 but it went into recess the following year. The union became the Victorian branch of the Operative Stonemasons' Society of Australia in 1918.

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(1918 - 1991)

Biographical history

The union was formed in 1918 and registered in 1919 with the amalgamation of state-based societies in Victoria, Queensland, New South Wales and South Australia. The Society was deregistered in 1991.

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Minutes of general and Committee meetings (1856-1962), correspondence and letterbooks, alphabetical registers of members (1855-1953), financial records, arbitration material, rule books, and records of the following lodges: Batesford, Ballarat, Beechworth, Big Hill, Black Forest, Bolinda Vale, Campaspe, Carlsruhe, Castlemaine, Collingwood, Faraday, Footscray, Geelong, Harcourt, Leithbridge, Maryborough, Middle Stump, Moorabool, Morang, Pentridge, Prahran, Ravenswood, Riddles Creek, Sunbury, Williamstown, Woodend, and Yan Yean. Also includes record of contributions and cash receipts of the Operative Masons' Benefit Society (1850-1851).


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Researchers must sign an access agreement

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Digitised copies of pre-Federation minute books at

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NBAC P94-17, Operative Stonemasons of Pentridge, Stony Creek Lodge records, 1858-1860
NBAC P94-18, Friendly Society of Operative Stonemasons membership books, 1855
NBAC P94-19, Melbourne United Operative Masons' Benefit Society minutes, 1850-1858

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Entered from deposit description 28 September 2012




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