University of Melbourne Archives material and Microforms
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Covers the period 1939 - 1970. State Council minutes & associated papers 1945-71; Federal Council files 1946-57;State Executive Minutes 1945-68; Federal Executive & Director minutes 1938-60; subject files 1941-60; public relations files 1951-61; Rural Committee correspondence, minutes & subject files 1955-69 Rural Committee federal minutes, information files & research notes 1949 -65; Rural Committee other states files, membership material; branch office-bearers 1947-60; branch representatives 1952-60; branch membership statistics 1954-60; State election and electorate files 1947-52; Federal election and electorate files 1949-58; publications Library materials acquired from the Australian Constitutional League
Phillip Lynch was educated at Xavier College and Melbourne University. At the age of 22 he began his career in politics, later gaining the Federal seat of Flinders in 1966. After four ministerial positions, he became Treasurer and Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party in opposition and in the governing party from 1972 to 1982. Lynch was active in the investigations leading up to the exposure of the so-called Khemlani loans affair that led to the downfall of the Whitlam government in 1975. Sir Phillip Lynch retired from Federal politics in 1982 and was appointed Director of the Reserve Bank of Australia in the following year. He died in June 1984.
Lindsay James Tanner was born in Orbost, Victoria on the 24th of April 1956. He graduated from Gippsland Grammar School as dux in 1973 and continued on to the University of Melbourne where he received a Bachelor of Laws with Honors, Bachelor of Arts with Honors and a Master of Arts in History (1981). In 1985 Tanner was employed as the electorate assistant to Federal Labor senator Barney Cooney before he moved on in 1987 to become the assistant state secretary of the Victorian branch of the Federated Clerks Union. In 1988 Tanner was promoted to state secretary (Vic) of the Federated Clerks Union where he stayed until 1993. The end of Tanner’s union career began his move to politics when he was elected as the Labor member for Melbourne (1993). In 2007, under the Rudd Government, Tanner was made minster for finance and deregulation, a position he held until his retirement from politics in 2010. Lindsay Tanner is now an advisor to Lazard Australia, a financial firm and Vice Chancellor and adjunct professor at Victoria University.
Born in England in 1861 and trained as an engineer, Swinburne arrived in Australia in 1866 to work for the Melbourne Hydraulic Power Company. From 1902 to 1912 he was a member of the Victorian Legislative Assembly for Hawthorn, and as Minister for Water Supply and Agriculture from 1904 to 1908, left his mark on the legislative history of the state notably with his irrigation policy. Swinburne was also associated with many commercial undertakings and was a Director of major companies including Mt Lyell and the E.Z. Company. Upon his appointment to the Interstate Committee in 1913, Swinburne resigned his seat in Parliament and his other public commitments. He died in 1931.
Brian Leslie Howe, AO (born 23 January 1936) is a former Australian politician. He was Deputy Prime Minister in the Labor government of Paul Keating from 1991 to 1995. Howe was born in Melbourne. He spent his early childhood in the suburb of Malvern and was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. He later studied theology in Chicago (1967–69) and then returned to Australia. He served as a minister with the Methodist Church and the Uniting Church in various parts of Victoria. Howe was elected to the House of Representatives in 1977 representing the northern Melbourne metropolitan electoral Division of Batman. He defeated the incumbent Horace Garrick for Labor preselection in a hard-fought contest. A member of the Socialist Left faction of the Labor Party, he was Minister for Defence Support in the government of Bob Hawke from 1983. In 1984 he became Minister for Social Security and carried out various radical reforms to Australia's welfare system. After the 1990 election Howe was appointed to the post of Minister for Community Services and Health. When Paul Keating resigned from Cabinet in 1991, Howe succeeded him as Deputy Prime Minister. He became Minister for Health, Housing and Community Services in the Keating government in December 1991, dropping the health part of the portfolio in 1993. In June 1995 he resigned as Deputy Prime Minister and was succeeded by Kim Beazley. He did not stand for re-election at the 1996 election. Ref: Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brian_Howe_(politician), accessed 14/5/2012
graduate of Cambridge University, Howson served with the Pilot Fleet Air Army during the second world war. In 1950 he embarked on an executive career with Foy & Gibson Ltd. as staff manager and later director, a company that was founded by his Grandfather, William Gibson. Howson also rose to prominence in the Liberal Party, as the Federal member for Fawkner from 1955 to 1969, member for Casey from 1969 to 1972 and as Minister in the Menzies, Holt, Gorton and McMahon governments. He has a long involvement with the Maud Gibson Trust.
One of the many associations that have represented Victorian farmers, the A.P.P.U. organised branches in most categories of farming. In 1967 and 1968, it amalgamated with the Victorian Wheat and Woolgrowers' Association to form the Victorian Farmers' Union. A year later, the union became the Australian Farmers' Federation. After a series of amalgamations with sectional unions, the National Farmers' Federation incorporated all the primary producers organisations in 1979.
On 3 December 1858 a small group of tradesmen, many of whom were involved in the eight-hours day boon achieved three years earlier, formed the first Committee of the National Trades Hall and Literary Institute and the first trades hall was erected in Melbourne in 1859 (records from this period are at the State Library of NSW) . By 1870 the Committee had decided to replace its original building with one suitable as a 'parliament' of the working-class. The present building was built between 1873 and 1925. From the outset the Trades Hall was to provide a place for the social and educational activities of workers as well as their industrial ones. The philosophy of the early Trades Hall Committee was that education was essential to social progress for workers, hence the Library was given a prominent place in the new building. The Trades Hall Council itself has always been central to the industrial and political aspirations of the labour movement in Victoria. From small, proud but parochial beginnings it has developed to spearhead campaigns on hours of work, wages, long service leave, equal pay and other industrial matters. On the social front it has interests in welfare, youth, conservation and Aboriginal affairs.
John Henry Austral was a fictional character developed by Sim Rubensohn for the Liberal Party of Australia’s election campaign in the late 1940s. In total there were 200 episodes of a fifteen minute dramatised radio programme described as being "part serial, part satire [and] part soapbox", although only 22 episodes are held by the University of Melbourne Archives. dramatised radio programme
Comprises 1000 entries from political parties' election statements, from Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, West Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Netherlands. New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Sri Lanka and Sweden.
Microreproductions of newspaper clippings.beginning in 1952. Issues include Menzies and the attempted ban on the Communist Party, the Petrov Affair, the Vietnam war years, the hanging of Ronald Ryan, Wave Hill & Aboriginal land rights, 1967 Aborigines Referendum, The rise and fall of the Whitlam Government. The saving of the Franklin River and the emergence of The Greens. Fraser and Hawke Governments, AIDS , Immigration, Refugees and many other issues.
newspaper cuttings chiefly from Melbourne papers: Sun-news pictorial [Melbourne], Herald [Melbourne], Age [Melbourne]. Also from national newspapers: Australian, National Times. Clippings of issues and personalities