Trade Unions and Professional Associations
Over 100 trade unions are represented in the Archives' holdings, the majority Victorian or Federal Branches. The collections range from the archives of small craft unions established in the nineteenth century, such as the United Tinsmiths, Ironworkers and Japanners' Society and the Melbourne Typographical Union, to the records of large amalgamated unions representing workers in a range of industries, including food, clothing, textile, metal, nursing, public transport, entertainment, storing and packing, municipal, firefighting and white-collar.
Significant collections include, amongst many others, the Victorian Trades Hall Council and four Victorian provincial trades and labour councils, the Amalgamated Metal Workers' Union and predecessors, the Printing and Kindred Industries' Union, the Federated Clerks' Union and successors, the Operative Painters and Decorators' Union of Australia, the Royal Victorian College of Nursing and successors, the Clothing and Allied Trades Union, the Australian Railways Union.
Collections of the personal papers of various prominent trade union leaders and activists are also held. Some of the collections are restricted.