AU NBAC E117
- 1850 - 1965 (Creation)
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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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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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Digitised copies of pre-Federation minute books at https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/108905.
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Entered from deposit description 28 September 2012