Rich, Jeffrey R
This thesis examines work and unions in the Victorian building industry
between 1856 and 1890. It presents reasons to rethink the character of the nineteenth
century Australian labour movement on the basis of the experiences, ideas and
institutions of these building workers, whose craft unions have been contrasted to the
new unions of semi- and unskilled occupations that formed in the 1880s.
From detailed evidence on each building trades' work, common dimensions
of working experience, and...[Show more]
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