National Union of Railwaymen of Australia

TypeCollection
TitleNational Union of Railwaymen of Australia
Collection TypeCollection
Access PrivilegesThe Australian National University Library
DOI - Digital Object Identifier10.4225/13/50BBEDA82C993
Metadata LanguageEnglish
Data LanguageEnglish
Significance StatementA collection of photographic images which provide understanding of Australia's railway history.
Brief DescriptionA collection of photographic materials relating to railway matters, assembled by William John Ellis over the period 1898-1949. As of November 2012 the Australian National University's digital research collection contained 30 photographs from Ellis' collection. These images depict various aspects of Australia's early railway history, from accidents to workers' performances.
Full DescriptionThis collection of photographic materials relating to railway matters was assembled by William John Ellis over the period 1898-1949. The complete series contains press cuttings, 159 photographs and 1 photograph album. As of November 2012 the Australian National University's digital research collection contained 30 photographs from Ellis' collection. These photos depict various aspects of railways and life in connection to railways, from types of rail cars to railway accidents and gymnastic performances by members of the Railway Institute.

Ellis entered NSW Railways Service in 1882 and retired May 1924. He was a fitter and turner at the Eveleigh workshops and for 13 years was examining fitter and fitter in charge of the Sydney accident train. His career in the Railways was disrupted by an incident in 1909 when he was dismissed from his position because he had suggested to the NSW Railway Commissioner that some senior officers be removed. Ellis maintained they were negligent in their duties to the safety of the train-travelling public. On 25/3/12 a Select Committee recommended that Ellis be reinstated and compensed for losses. The last was done but Chief Commissioner Johnson did not reinstate him. It was only when Johnson left NSW in 1915 that Ellis was re-employed in the workshops. In July 1926 he was a witness in the coronial inquiry into the Aberdeen railway accident of 10/6/1926.

The National Union of Railwaymen of Australia has undergone a number of incarnations in its history. In 1933 the Railway Service Association as a State Industrial Union was renamed and registered in New South Wales as the National Union of Railwaymen, N.S.W. Branch. The National Union of Railwaymen of Australia applied for Commonwealth registration the same year, was granted it but later in the same year registration was quashed. In 1938 the N.U.R. of A. successfully registered under Commonwealth law. It continued under this name until 1982 when it changed to the National Union of Rail Workers of Australia.

Contact Emailbutlin.archives@anu.edu.au
Contact AddressMenzies Library
The Australian National University
Canberra ACT 0200
Australia

Contact Phone Number+61 2 6125 2219
Contact Fax Number+61 2 6125 0140
Fields of Research150702 - Rail Transportation and Freight Services
210202 - Heritage and Cultural Conservation
210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective9503 - Heritage
KeywordsAberdeen
Darlington
derailment
engine
gymnasium
Melbourne Express train
Murrurundi
National Union of Railwaymen of Australia
photography
railway
Railway Institute
Spencer Street
Sunshine, Victoria
Sydney
train crash
tramway
Date Coverage
Date FromDate To
18821932
Time PeriodLate 19th-early 20th century
Geospatial Location
Location TypeLocation Value
DCMI Box notation conformant with iso 19139name=Australia; northlimit=-9.221084; southlimit=-54.777218; westlimit=112.921454; eastlimit=159.105459
Date of data creation2010
Year of data publication2010
Creator(s) for Citation
Given NameSurname
William JohnEllis
Publisher for CitationAustralian National University Archives Program
Related Websites
URLTitle
https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/51National Union of Railwaymen of Australia
http://www.atua.org.au/biogs/ALE0653b.htmAustralian Trade Union Archives
Licence TypeUnknown/Other - Unknown licence or record provider defined licence
LicenceThis collection is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.
Data Locationhttps://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/51
Retention PeriodIndefinitely
Extent or Quantity30
Data SizeTIFF files
Data Management PlanNo
Status: Published
Published To:
- Australian National Data Service
- Australian National University
Identifier: anudc:4853
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