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Badge - Queensland Railway Union, circa 1910 Object Reg. No: SH 920103

Badge made by P.U. King of Melbourne, for the Queensland Railway Union, circa 1910. It was collected as part of a group of badges over a fifteen year period during which Andrew Reeves undertook extensive research in the field of Trade Union Material Culture, and had extensive contact with the Trade Union movement Australia wide.

The Queensland Railway Union was established in the early 1900s, well known early members include: Edward (Ned) Michael Hanlon, Frank Cooper, Mick Kirwan, Joe Sherry, Timothy Moroney and Tom Brown. After the 1912 general strike in Brisbane, Hanlon, Cooper, Kirwan and Sherry were all required to leave the railway service, as part of the settlement terms. In 1920 the Queensland Railway Union combined with 'all grades' organizations in other States to form the successful, militant Australian Railways Union.
Circular silver and blue and white enamel button with a crown with a hole set in the top. Thin raised silver border, band of blue enamel with raised silver lettering in it and a raised silver border. Silver outline of Queensland, filled with white enamel, silver emu set into this area surrounding this incised horizontally. Manufacturers name and a number are stamped into the back.
Acquisition Information:
Cultural Gifts Donation from Mr Andrew Reeves, 1991
Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 0.30 cm (Height), 3.30 cm (Width), 2.60 cm (Length)

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Tagged with: societies, trade unions, badges, railway workers, railways, working life
Themes this item is part of: Public Life & Institutions Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021
Primary Classification: TRADE UNIONS
Secondary Classification: Transport - Rail
Tertiary Classification: badges
Inscriptions: Front: QUEENSLAND/RAILWAY UNION. Reverse: ST. SILVER/2041/P.U. KING/MELB.
Manufacturer: P.U. King, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, circa 1910
Organisation Named: Queensland Railway Union, Queensland, Australia, circa 1910

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