Collection UQFL118 - Trades and Labor Council of Queensland Records

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Trades and Labor Council of Queensland Records


  • 1894- (Creation)

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635 boxes and parcels, 5 albums, 1 oversized folder

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Trades and Labor Council of Queensland (1922- ).
Objectives - To act as a unifying body for trade unions in Queensland.
Publicists - From 1970 refer to the annual Official Trades Union Directory.
Notes: The T.L.C. was first set up in 1885 then disbanded in 1889 to make way for the Australian Labor Federation. It was reformed briefly in 1903. It was voted out of existence by the Second Trade Union Congress in 1911 and finally re-established in 1922 with the affiliation of forty-six unions It amalgamated the Trades Hall Board, the Eight Hour Day Committee and the Brisbane Industrial Council. The formation of the present T.L.C. coincided with, and in fact was a direct result of the occupancy of the present Trades Hall by the unions in April 1922. The T.L.C. is the state branch of the Australian Council of Trade Unions. Note: The Trades and Labor Council of Queensland was established in 1922. In 1993 it became the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU), Queensland Branch. In 1999 it was renamed the Queensland Council of Unions.

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Collection previously titled as: Records, 1894-.
Collection alternatively titled as: Trades and Labor Council of Queensland Collection.

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The collection reflects not only the emergence of the central organising body of the Trades and Labor Council of Queensland, achieved in 1947, but the often radical and pioneering nature of the Queensland labour movement itself. This is especially to be seen in documents relating to the 1890s shearers' strikes, the Cosme Settlement, the 1912 tramway strike, the 1946/48 strikes and those of the 1960s. Includes minutes (1922-1984), reports, agenda and decisions, financial records, correspondence, subject files, newspaper clippings, and photographs.
Papers relate to : industrial disputes, Cosme colony, the Eight Hour Day Movement, Communist Party of Australia (Queensland) and Australian Labor Party, Workers' Educational Association, Australian Labor Day Committee, Queensland Industrial Court, Trade Union congresses, and Australian Council of Trade Unions.
Includes issues of The Organiser (1937-1939) and Cosme Monthly (1894-1904).

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Unrestricted access.

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  • English

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Material from this collection has been cited in:

Bleakley P (2022) ‘Dreams of a united Left? The SDA's role in the rise (and fall) of a radical New Left in Queensland’, History Australia, 19(4):771–788, doi:10.1080/14490854.2022.2060270.

Fleming, Jenny. (1998). New governments in Queensland : Industrial relations, 1957-1961, 1989-1990. Griffith University. Faculty of Arts. Thesis (Ph.D.).

Hess, M., Maidment, E., & Chester, L. (2014). 'Industrial conflict in paradise: Making the Bougainville copper project construction agreement 1970', The Economic and Labour Relations Review, 25(2), 271-289.

Mercer M (2023) ‘Revolutionary rehearsal: The 1912 Brisbane general strike’, The Queensland Journal of Labour History, (36):55–70.

Stewart, Alison (2023) ‘Blue bans how unions saved the great barrier reef’, The Queensland Journal of Labour History, (36):19–40.

Webster, B. (2001). ''To Fight against the Horrible Evil of Communism': Catholics, Community and the Movement in Rockhampton, 1943-57', Labour History, (81), 155-173.

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Revised, BS, 02-Dec-2021
Revised, JR, 11-Nov-2021.
Revised, AM, 10-Mar-2020.
Migrated from LMS: April 2019, P.A.




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