Phillip District and Victorian settlers - various
indexes, 1841 to 1857
The Victorian Tailoresses' Strike, 1882-83
This is an account of the Tailoresses' Strike, which occurred in Melbourne in 1882-83. The strike was notable for many reasons - it was the first strike co-ordinated by the Melbourne Trades Hall Council; it was the first strike in Australia of a women's union; it was supported by the general public; it was led by women; and they won their case - in the short term. An intriguing story of girl power.
Note: Tailoresses had a distinct occupation - tailoring men's and youth's clothing. They were not dressmakers, and dressmakers were not tailoresses.
Index to the Victorian Tailoresses'
Union Membership Roll and Strike Book, 1882-1885??
The Membership Roll contains such details as the full name, home address, address of employer, branch of tailoring, whether or not on strike when joined the union. Women on strike came into Trades Hall each Saturday and signed for strike pay, so the Strike Book indicates when and how long each woman was on strike.