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Trade Union entry Woolclassers' Association of New South Wales (1909 - 1933)

New South Wales
Trade Union (State or Territory only)


The Woolclassers' Association of Australia was formed originally from the Woolclassers' Association of New South Wales. The Woolclassers' Association of New South Wales was registered under the New South Wales Trade Union Act of 1881 on 6 September 1909. The Association was formed to cover woolclassers in country sheds, shearers and most other shed hands being covered by the Australian Workers' Union, and classers working in woolstores by the Federated Storemen & Packers' Union.

In the early years an award was negotiated with the various New South Wales pastoral associations and then registered in the Industrial Court. The Association decided to apply for federal registration, which it obtained on 1933, and changed its name to the Woolclassers' Association of Australia and acted as its New South Wales Branch. A Victorian Branch (from 1945 the Victorian/Tasmanian Branch) affiliated late in 1934. A South Australian Branch affiliated in 1949. A Queensland Branch was formed in 1962, and the Riverina sub-branch in 1963.


 1909 - 1933 Woolclassers' Association of New South Wales
       1933 - Woolclassers Association of Australia

Archival resources

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre, ANU Archives Program

Ross G. Elford