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Sick leave noticeboard from Simpson's Gloves factory, 1956

This is a wooden framed noticeboard with a glass cover found at the Simpson's Gloves factory in Richmond, Victoria. Three paper notices regarding sick leave entitlements are attached with sticky tape. The board is 45.7 cm wide and 43.5 cm high. It is part of the Simpson's Gloves Collection at Museum Victoria.

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Banner - United Ironworkers' Assistants Society of Victoria, Ballarat Branch, 1890

This is the banner of the United Ironworkers' Assistants Society of Victoria, Ballarat Branch. The banner consists of a painted canvas panel hanging from a pole. Across the panel on a white background is painted: 'UNITED / IRONWORKERS ASSISTANTS / SOCIETY OF VICTORIA / BALLARAT BRANCH'. On the bottom of the banner is depicted ...

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Banner - Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch, 1915

This is a large double-sided trade union banner made by W G Dunstan for the Operative Painters' and Decorators' Union of Australasia, Victorian Branch. It consists of a single piece of unprimed canvas, with images painted in oils on both sides. The banner has a red fringe on the bottom and hangs from a metal rod attached ...

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Banner - Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch

This is a painted canvas banner created for the Operative Painters and Decorators of Australasia, South Australian Branch. The banner depicts the female form of Justice, blindfolded and holding balance scales in her left hand while her right hand holds a sword pointing to the ground. Underneath her is written in black outline ...

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Banner - Manufacturing Grocers' Employees' Industrial Union of Victoria, c1911

This is a two-sided banner that was created for the Manufacturing Grocers Employees Industrial Union of Victoria. The banner is painted on both sides with a border of gold and dark blue in the centre. On one side is painted: 'MANUFACTURING / GROCERS / EMPLOYES (sic) / INDUSTRIAL UNION / OF / VICTORIA'. The other side reads: ...

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Banner - Bakers' Carters' Association, South Australian Branch, 1912

This is a two-sided banner painted by Nelson Wood for the Bakers' Carters' Association, South Australian Branch. The first side depicts different types of bread painted on a red background. Underneath the picture is painted in blue lettering 'THE STAFF OF LIFE'. Above and below the bread, 'S . A / BAKERS' / CARTERS' / ASSOCIATION' ...

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Banner of the Australian Tramway Employees Association, Victorian Branch, 1916

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner, made by George Grant. On one side are representations of two uniformed members holding the Association’s emblem aloft, beneath which the Brunswick tram and Municipal tramway are depicted in four separate images. 'THE AUSTRALIAN TRAMWAYS EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION / VICTORIAN BRANCH' ...

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Banner of the Australian Railways Union, Victorian Branch, c1911

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner made by John Hennessey of Carlton, Victoria. The banner is in a worn condition. On the first side is a central image of a steam train surrounded by images of men and allegorical male figures performing tasks done by union members. Near the top of the banner is painted 'AUSTRALIAN ...

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Banner of the Australian Boot Trade Employees Federation, Ballarat Branch, c1905

This is a double-sided painted canvas banner made by Fred Spielvogel for the Australian Boot Trade Employees Federation, Ballarat Branch. The first side has at its centre images of two men with machines associated with bootmaking. On scrolls above and below them is painted 'AUSTRALIAN BOOT TRADE / FEDERATION / BALLARAT ...

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Banner of the Amalgamated Society of Engineers, Blacksmiths, Fitters, Patternmakers, Turners and Machinists, Ballarat Branch, 1890

This is a painted canvas banner made by Kift and Smith. The banner has a scene of mountains and a lake over a pale blue background. On the left is a steam engine and superimposed on the right, a large engine. In the centre, within a shield shape, is a scene of a lake and mountains and the Canadian, Australian and US flags. ...

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My Place - Episode 12: 1898: Rowley, Workers' rights

Rowley tells his mother that he went to see the manager of the brickworks about getting his father a job. His mother eventually tells Rowley what caused Rowley's father to leave home. Rowley learns of his father's involvement in sticking up for the workers and his eventual sacking.

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Pensions For Veterans, 1953: Veterans of the waterfront

This is a black-and-white narrated clip from a 1953 documentary produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit. It portrays the physically demanding work of waterside workers and asks what fate awaits veterans who cease work. A montage of close-up scenes and orchestral music depicts younger wharfies working ...

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Pensions For Veterans, 1953: 'The price of profit'

This black-and-white narrated clip from a 1953 documentary produced by the Waterside Workers' Federation (WWF) Film Unit highlights excerpts from a 1945 medical report on the health of waterside workers. It also shows scenes that reveal past and present dangers of working on the waterfront. Footage depicts men straining ...

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Joiners making doors and window frames, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph of the interior of the joiners' workshop at Kingston, in Canberra. The joiners are standing behind work benches that hold lengths of timber, hand tools and pots of glue. The workshop uses natural light and has no electric lighting. The original glass plate negative is cracked.

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Comptometers at Acton Offices, Canberra, 1926

This is a black-and-white photograph, by William James Mildenhall, of female employees of the Federal Capital Commission in Acton Offices, Canberra, in September 1926. Five women are pictured in crowded conditions, working on comptometers. Each woman sits at a desk in front of a comptometer. The woman in the foreground ...

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Adelaide Railway Station, c1925

This is a black-and-white photograph of a scene at the Adelaide Railway Station. On one platform, two porters, one almost obscured, are pushing a large two-wheeled cart loaded high with what could be canvas mail bags and some ropes. They are moving towards a steam train, the locomotive of which can be seen. On the opposite ...

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Marlene Drummond recalls the Eden fish cannery, 2005

This is an edited sound recording of Marlene Drummond recalling her 32 years as a production-line worker in a fish cannery at Eden on the south coast of New South Wales. Drummond tells how fish was packed in cans by hand before being weighed and then sealed. She also recalls how the machinery made the workplace very noisy, ...

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Lead-glass viewing window for radioactive 'hot cell', 1958-2007

This is a lead-glass window used by the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation, New South Wales. The thick glass has a yellow tinge from the presence of a small amount of cerium. Cerium is added to prevent the glass gradually turning brown from radiation damage. The glass is fitted within a grey lead frame.

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Workmen in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, c1958

This is a black-and-white photograph of two workmen using the tools of their trade in the engineering workshop at Daniel Harvey Ltd, agricultural machine manufacturers. The men are standing at a wooden workbench, and the older of the two is wearing a hat. The photograph's dimensions are: length 21.5 cm x width 16.3 cm.

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Workers' yellow hard hat

This is a workers' yellow plastic hard hat with black-and-yellow elastic chin strap and 'Board of Works' label. The hat is 29 cm long, 22 cm wide and 15 cm high.