Sydney Trades Hall

Sydney Trades Hall

4 Goulburn St Sydney NSW Australia / The premier site for Trade Union history in Australia
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Banner of the West Midlands Federation of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, 1912 by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, via Flickr

Banner of the West Midlands Federation of the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies, 1912 by Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, via Flickr

Unions were among the first groups to use art to convey a collective identity and seek public recognition and support. One medium for this was trade union banners, which union members took on public marches and events. Banners were often elaborate and finely detailed, depicting workers and symbols of the union. Here unionists march behind the Federated Seamen's Union banner in a march to Wellington's Newtown Park during the 1913 waterfront dispute. Zoom in for a detailed look at the banner.

Unions were among the first groups to use art to convey a collective identity and seek public recognition and support. One medium for this was trade union banners, which union members took on public marches and events. Banners were often elaborate and finely detailed, depicting workers and symbols of the union. Here unionists march behind the Federated Seamen's Union banner in a march to Wellington's Newtown Park during the 1913 waterfront dispute. Zoom in for a detailed look at the banner.

Lesbians and gay me in support of the strike

Lesbians and gay me in support of the strike

"United in support but not combined to injure" - slogan adopted by many trade unions in the 19th century

"United in support but not combined to injure" - slogan adopted by many trade unions in the 19th century

September 5, 1964: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn dies at age 74. Flynn was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and an activist for women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.

September 5, 1964: Elizabeth Gurley Flynn dies at age 74. Flynn was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and an activist for women's rights, birth control, and women's suffrage.

UK Trade Union Nalgo making the case for equal pay

UK Trade Union Nalgo making the case for equal pay

Part of exhibit, Broken Hill Trades Hall (2003?)

Part of exhibit, Broken Hill Trades Hall (2003?)

Broken Hill Trades Hall in 2003?

Broken Hill Trades Hall in 2003?