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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 - 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 - 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 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 - 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 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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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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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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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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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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Two men wade through water at the flooded Kodak factory, 1923 or 1934

This is a black-and-white aerial photograph of the Yarra River in flood at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, probably in either 1923 or 1934. The photograph shows two men, probably factory workers, positioned in the doorway of a flooded factory building as they wade through thigh-high water. A corrugated iron ...

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Female mechanic with Honda motorcycle, 1975

This is an image of a female motor mechanic dressed in overalls and working on a motorcycle in a large automotive workshop. It comes from a black-and-white photographic negative and is part of the Laurie Richards Collection of commercial photographs at Museum Victoria. The negative's dimensions are: height 10.0 cm x width 10.3 cm.

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Mr Perlman and Mr and Mrs Ribush outside Bush's Confectionery Factory, Richmond, c1935

This is a digital copy of a black-and-white photograph showing Mr Perlman and Mr and Mrs Ribush outside the Bush's confectionery factory in Richmond, in about 1935.

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Sample of sheepskin for handbag, pre-1948

This is a sample of green imitation reptile-skin-embossed sheepskin to be used in manufacturing handbags and travel goods, made by BE Cooper and Co Ltd, London, and denoted sample No 256. It is one in a series of seven cuttings sent to Simpson's Gloves Pty Ltd of North Richmond, Victoria, in 1948. The sample is part of ...

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Austral Laboratory building at the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, late 1920s

This is a black-and-white photograph with sepia toning of the Kodak factory in Abbotsford, Melbourne, taken around the late 1920s. It features the Austral Laboratory building, built in 1886, which curves around Southampton Crescent on the Kodak factory site. A car and two trucks, with their drivers standing beside them, ...

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Laptop wrap – world of work

Students prepare for work beyond school and develop an understanding of practices and behaviours that are expected in the workplace.

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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.