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Trade Union entry Amalgamated Miners Association of Australasia (c. 1884 - 1916)

c. 1884
Trade Union (Federal)


The Amalgamated Miners' Association of Victoria merged in 1884 with several other unions, including the New South Wales coalminers, to become the Amalgamated Miners' Association of Australasia. In 1916, it became the Australasian Coal & Shale Employees' Federation, otherwise known as the 'Miners' Federation'.

Archival resources

Archives Office of Tasmania

  • Journals and Other Records relating to the Mining Activities of George Campbell Meredith Papers, 1873 - 1931, NS718; Archives Office of Tasmania. Details

National Library of Australia Oral History Collection

  • Mel Pratt Collection: Interview with Sir Maurice Mawby, mining engineer - interviewer, Mel Pratt, 1971, ORAL TRC 121/21; National Library of Australia Oral History Collection. Details

State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection

  • Samuel Merrifield - Papers, ca. 1858-ca. 1977, c. 1858 - c. 1977, MS 13045; State Library of Victoria, Australian Manuscripts Collection. Details

Published resources


  • Dale, George, The Industrial History of Broken Hill, Fraser and Jenkinson, Melbourne, 1918, 268 pp. Details
  • Gollan, R., The Coalminers of New South Wales: A History of the Union 1860-1960, Melbourne University Press in association with the Australian National University, Parkville, Victoria, 1963, 249 pp. Details
  • Spence, W.G., Review of the First Ten Years' History of the Creswick Branch No 3 A.M.A of Australasia, Creswick Branch No 3 Amalgamated Miners Association of Australasia, Creswick, Victoria, 1888, 10 pp. Details
  • Svenson, S., Industrial War: The Great Strikes 1890-94, Ram Press, Wollongong, 1995, 107 pp. Details

Book Sections

  • Fahey, Charles, 'Labour and Trade Unionism in Victorian Goldmining', in McCalman, Iain; Cook, Alexander; Reeves, Andrew (ed.), Gold: Forgotten Histories and Lost Objects of Australia, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2001, pp. 67-84. Details

Edited Books

  • Murphy, D.J. (ed.), The Big Strikes, Queensland 1889-1965, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane, Queensland, 1983, 303 pp. Details

Journal Articles

  • Osborne, G., 'Town and Company: The Broken Hill Industrial Dispute of 1908-9', Labour History, vol. 24, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, 1973, pp. 26-50. Details
  • Palmer, D., 'Too many men on the scrapheap: Mining Union Struggles over Health and Safety at Broken Hill and Mount Isa Between the World Wars', Australian Labour History Reconsidered, Australian Humanities Press, Adelaide, 1999, pp. 51-74. Details
  • Stoodley, J., 'The Development of Gold-Mining Unionism in Queensland in the Late Nineteenth Century', Labour History, vol. 11, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, 1966, pp. 14-27. Details

See also

  • Lansbury, Coral, 'William Guthrie Spence', Labour History, vol. 13, 1967, pp. 3-10. Details
  • Markey, Ray, 'Populist Politics', Labour History, vol. 35, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, 1978, pp. 66-79. Details
  • Mitchell, Winifred, 'John Barnes Nicholson: NSW Southern Miners' Labour Member, 1891-1917', Labour History, vol. 10, Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, Sydney, 1966, pp. 13-19. Details

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