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The first waterside workers' unions in Australia were formed in Port Adelaide, Sydney, and Sandridge (Port Melbourne) in 1872. By 1889 there were notable waterfront unions in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

Although the various unions federated in March 1890 the Waterside Workers' Federation was not established until 7 February 1902 with Mr William Morris Hughes (Prime Minister of Australia, 1915-1923) elected its first President. The Waterside Workers' Federation was registered under the Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act on 1 July 1907 and the first comprehensive Commonwealth award for waterside workers dates from 13 December 1915. In January 1914 an office of the Waterside Workers’ Federation was established in Melbourne. After 1939 the Federation was located in Sydney.

In order to manage the Waterside Workers' Federation Branches the Federal Executive, in 1902, established a Committee of Management (COM). The COM comprised delegates from the Executive of each Branch, and each Branch was entitled to one member for every 500 financial members. Furthermore, any of the COM’s resolutions that were approved by less than a 3/5 majority had to be submitted to at least 500 financial members of the rank and file for endorsement. Although designed to ease interstate rivalries this method of decision-making often exacerbated tension. The structure of the Waterside Workers' Federation remained largely unchanged until 1950 when it absorbed the Permanent and Casual Wharf Labourers' Union of Australia.

In 1991 the Waterside Workers' Federation amalgamated with the Australian Foremen Stevedore Association but retained the name Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia. In 1993 the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia joined with the Seamen's Union of Australia to form the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA). Recently the MUA joined with the CFMEU to become the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union.

Collection's Items (Sorted by Submit Date in Descending order): 1 to 20 of 190
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Group photograph of union officials outside Adelaide Trades Hall

Author(s)-
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdc. 1920
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Cyril Shanahan and unknown man at Sydney Trade Union Club

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdcirca 1938
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Union meeting

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdcirca 1938
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B. Davies, R. Kowalski, E. Schultz, and H. Smith

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdcirca 1938-1946
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Photograph of honour roll of Burnie branch members of the Waterside Workers' Federation of Australia who served in World War I

Author(s)Photographer: Rutter's Studio, Burnie
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdcirca 1914-1918

Workers demonstrate during the waterfont lockout

Author(s)Photographer: Photo News Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1951

Demonstration during the waterfront lockout

Author(s)Photographer: Photo News Ltd, Wellington, New Zealand
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Created1951
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Mackay Branch of the Federated Waterside Workers' banner

Author(s)Photographer: not known
TypeImage
Date Published-
Date Createdcirca 1970s
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Wharf labourers' shelter shed

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Wheat sheds in railway yard

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Wheat sheds in railway yard

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Coal grab

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Loading sugar using a 'dummy' on hatch

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Wharf entrance

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Pick-up centre for wharf labourers

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Pick-up centre for wharf labourers (non-Federation)

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Pick-up centre rostrum

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Auckland Point jetty

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 9
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Waterside Workers' Federation office and pick-up centre

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 6
Date Created1941 - 1942
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Loading 'empties' at the town wharf

Author(s)Photographer: Waterside Local Industrial Board
TypeImage
Date Published 6
Date Created1941 - 1942

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