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Trade Union entry Creswick Miners Association (1870s - c. 1883)

Creswick, Victoria
c. 1883
Trade Union (State or Territory only)


Although a miners' union had been formed at Creswick sometime in the early 1870s, it wasn't until mine owners sought to reduce the price of contracting in the nearby Rostori alluvial mine in 1878 that miners united to the extent they did. Under the leadership of W.G. Spence and John Sampson, the existing union was reformed as the Creswick Miners' Association. In 1882 the Association effectively forced the amalgamation of the moribund Bendigo Miners' Association into the Creswick union. In 1883, the Creswick Miners' Union became a branch of the Amalgamated Miners' Association of Victoria which went on to be known as the Amalgamated Miners' Association of Australasia and then the Australasian Coal & Shale Employees' Federation.


 1870s - c. 1883 Creswick Miners Association
       1874 - c. 1884 Amalgamated Miners Association of Victoria
             c. 1884 - 1916 Amalgamated Miners Association of Australasia
                   1916 - 1990 Australasian Coal & Shale Employees Federation
                         1990 - 1992 United Mineworkers Federation of Australia
                               1992 Construction Forestry & Mining Employees Union
                                     1992 - 1993 Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (i)
                                           1993 - Construction Forestry Mining & Energy Union (ii)

Ross G. Elford