Labour History

The British Rail Strike of 1887

Labour History (1966), 11, (1), 54–61.

Abstract

The following documents are taken from a series of articles which appeared in the RAILWAY MAGAZINE (London) during the period 1912-14, under the title ‘Leaves from the Log of a Locomotive Engineer’. The author of the ‘log’ was Mr. Robert Weatherburn. He became a locomotive engineer after apprenticeship to Kitson and Co. of Yorkshire, England, a firm of locomotive and general engineers, and travelled about Europe and Russia erecting locomotives which that company had contracted to sell and deliver to various European railways. He thereafter joined the staff of the Midland Railway Company of England and held a senior position at the time of the railwaymen’s strike of 1887. He died in 1917. The documents illustrate employer attitudes to strike-breaking methods in the late nineteenth century, the ineptness of the union leadership, and the clash of interest between unions. In this sense it affords some insight into the background of some recruits to railway service in Australia.

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Brooker, R. P.

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