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Trade Union entry Fremantle Lumpers Union (1889 - 1919)

Western Australia
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The Fremantle Lumpers' Union was the first known union of unskilled labour in Western Australia. It was formed after a recruiting mission to the west by the Adelaide Lumpers' Union in 1889 and was inspired, perhaps, by the solidarity shown in the Great Dock Strike workers in Britain of that year.

Published resources

Journal Articles

  • Tull, Malcolm, 'Blood on the Cargo: Cargo-Handling and Working Conditions on the Waterfront at Fremantle, 1900-1939', Labour History, vol. 52, 1987, pp. 15-29. Details
  • Vanden Driesen, I.H., 'Confrontation and Reconciliation on the Waterfront: The Fremantle Lumpers Strike - 1899', Labour History, vol. 40, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, 1981, pp. 29-48. Details


  • Ashworth, V., A History of the Fremantle Lumpers Union, 1889 - 1919, Western Australia Archives. Details

Ross G. Elford