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Maritime Strike 1890


The Maritime Strike of 1890 was precipitated by the refusal of ship-owners to allow the Maritime Officers to affiliate to the Melbourne Trades Hall Council. It quickly became the first great conflict between labour and capital in Australia and New Zealand, pitting the principle of unionism against freedom of contract. It involved seamen, waterside workers, shearers, miners, carters and drivers and other trades.


Newspaper Articles

  • Dyson, Edward, 'Comments', The Bull-ant (Melbourne), 16 October 1890, p. 4. Image PDF Details
  • Dyson, Edward, 'Comments', The Bull-ant (Melbourne), 18 September 1890, p. 4. Image PDF Details