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Trade Union entry Melbourne Seamans Union (1874 - 1876)

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Formed in 1874, the Sydney Seamen's Union amalgamated with the Melbourne Seaman's Union in 1876 to form the Federated Seamen's Union of Australasia. Registered under the Commonwealth's industrial relations legislation in 1906, the Seamen's Union operated until 1925 when it was deregistered. Although deregistered, many of Federated Seamen's Union of Australasia's members went on to form the Seamen's Union of Australasia in 1930, which became the Seamen's Union of Australia in 1943. Despite amalgamations with the Marine Cooks', Bakers' & Butchers' Association of Australia in 1983, the Federated Marine Stewards' & Pantrymen's Association of Australasia in 1988 and the Professional Divers' Association in 1991, it remained the Seamen's Union of Australia until 1991 when it amalgamated with the Waterside Workers' Federation to form the Maritime Union of Australia.


 1874 - 1876 Melbourne Seamans Union
       1906 - 1925 Federated Seamens Union of Australasia

Archival resources

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • James Williamson - Testimonials to service on several ships, 1878-1904, 1878 - 1904, MS 11937; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Fitzpatrick, Brian and Cahill, Rowan J., Seamen's Union of Australia, 1872-1972: A History, Seamens' Union of Australia, Sydney, 1981, 363 pp. Details

Bruce A. Smith