Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History

Understanding Regional Trades and Labour Councils: Sources for Australian Labour History

Labour History: A Journal of Labour and Social History (2018), 115, (1), 129–143.

Abstract

An exploration of sources available to document the history of a specific type of Australian labour organisation, the regional trades and labour council, has been informed by a quest for the early history of the Gippsland Trades and Labour Council. This paper builds on previous surveys to investigate the variety, extent and relevance of sources available to document the formation of such organisations and the context within which they determine and carry out their strategies and campaigns. The paper also considers advances in technology and the challenges and opportunities they offer for accessing, appraising and making available labour history sources, both physical and born digital.

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Steel, Kathryn M.