Tailoresses' Association of Melbourne. (1882-1907)

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The Tailoresses' Association of Melbourne, Australia's first female trade union, was established at a meeting held in Trades Hall on 15 December 1882. At this meeting women met in response to attempts by the Melbourne clothing manufacturer Beith Shiess & Co to reduce piece-rate wages. A strike was called on 15 February 1883 when clothing manufacturers had not responded to the log of claims. As each manufacturer accepted the log, employees resumed work. The strike is generally regarded as instrumental in the establishment of the Shops Commission and the eventual passage of the Factory Act. When the new Factory Act was passed in 1885, the recommendations of the March 1884 Royal Commission regarding outwork were not incorporated and working conditions in the industry were not substantially affected by its operation. In 1906, the Tailoresses' Union amalgamated with the Tailors' Society. On 15 December 1982 the Honourable Pauline Toner, Victoria's first woman Cabinet Minister, unveiled a plaque to commemorate the centenary of the Tailoresses' Union. The plaque was placed at the entrance to the offices of the Textile Clothing & Footwear Union of Australia (formerly Clothing & Allied Trades Union of Australia) in Leicester Street, Carlton.

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  • (Person) Toner, Pauline (1935 - 1989)

    <p>The Honourable Pauline Toner unvieled a plaque to commemorate the centenary of the Tailoresses' Union at the officers of the Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia in Leicester Street, Carlton.</p>

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Australian Women's Register

  1. Tailoresses' Association of Melbourne
    Published: National Foundation for Australian Women
    Series: IspartOf The Australian Women's Register
  2. The Melbourne Tailoresses' Strike 1882-1883: An Assessment
    Brooks, Raymond
    [1983]
    Series: IspartOf Labour History
  3. Centenary of the Tailoresses' Association of Melbourne
    Anon
    [1983]
    Series: IspartOf Recorder
  4. Melbourne Tailoresses Strike (1882 - 1883)
    Elford, Ross G
    [2002]
    Published: University of Melbourne
    Series: IspartOf Australian Trade Union ArchivesUniversity of Melbourne
  5. In women's hands? : a history of clothing trades unionism in Australia
    Ellem, B L
    [Kensington, N.S.W.]
    Published: New South Wales University Press
  6. Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia, Federal Office and Branches deposit 3
    [62 boxes : 1866 - 1992]
    Series: Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University
    Tailors' Protection Society minutes 1866-1889; Pressers' Union of Victoria minutes 1884-1888; Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia federal conference and council papers 1960-1992, federal executive papers 1988-1992, subject files 1907-1992, copies of minutes of meetings of the New South Wales Branch.
    AU NBAC Z308
  7. Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia, Federal Office and Branches deposit 2
    [14 m : 1871 - 1984]
    Series: Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University
    Tailoresses' Union minutes (1897-1906), letterbook (1885-1886), correspondence (1873-1883), membership register (1882-1883); Tailors' Trade Protection Society/Federated Clothing Trades Union office files (1871-1922), savings banks passbooks (1888-1916); Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia Federal Council minutes, papers and balance sheets.
    AU NBAC N84
  8. Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia, Federal Office and Branches deposit 1
    [10 m : 1870 - 1959]
    Series: Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University
    Tailors' Trade Protection Society registers, 1870-1899; minutes (with the Tailoresses' from 1905), 1903-1907; Tailoresses' strike book 1883, registers 1888-1893; Pressers' Union minutes 1888-1902; Victorian Clothing Operatives' Union records 1902-1907; Victorian Branch minutes 1908-1909; Tasmanian Branch balance sheets 1918-1938; Federal Council minutes 1907-1949; copies of branch minutes 1923-1949; Federal correspondence 1913-1956; arbitration material 1907-1959; financial papers 1921-1949.
    AU NBAC E138
  9. Clothing and Allied Trades Union, Federal Office deposit 2
    [1 item : 1950s]
    Series: Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University
    Correspondence received by the General Secretary of the Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia from P.J. Sheehan concerning the Clothing Trades (1957) Award.
    AU NBAC E115
  10. Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch
    [1890 - 1960]
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    Tailors Society minutes 1890-1903; Federated Clothing and Allied Trades Union minutes 1908-1961; Federal Council financial accounts and general Secretary's reports 1933-1955; other state branch correspondence and reports; accounts and finance e.g. balance sheets, statements, cash books; membership material; awards and determinations; agreements with contractors; complaints; affiliations inc. ACTU, ALP, VTHC, Victorian Prov. Trade and Labor Councils; subject files e.g. broadcasts, disputes, women, equal pay, war; newspaper clippings; publications; photographs.
    1981.0092
  11. Clothing and Allied Trades Union of Australia, Victorian Branch
    [1.44 m, 12 boxes : 1912 - 1980]
    Series: The University of Melbourne Archives
    Minutes of meetings, organiser's files 1912-1913, arbitration and awards 1912-1961, membership material 1952-1956, unemployed members 1914 textile demarcation material, elections 1954-1961, outwork campaigns 1958-1968, international peace and nuclear disarmament 1961-1973, ACTU material, subject files, publications, newspaper clippings.
    1986.0096
  12. Clothing and Allied Trades Union, Federal Office deposit 1
    [1 m : 1908 - 1930]
    Series: Noel Butlin Archives Centre, Australian National University
    Official Bulletin issued by the strike committee, Brisbane, 1912, report of the All Australian Trade Union Congress, February 1930, The Worker, 1908, 1910, 1922, 1929.
    AU NBAC T26

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