National Union of Railwaymen of Australia

This 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.
Type
Collection
Title
National Union of Railwaymen of Australia
Collection Type
Collection
Access Privileges
The Australian National University Library
DOI - Digital Object Identifier
10.4225/13/50BBEDA82C993
Metadata Language
English
Data Language
English
Significance Statement
A collection of photographic images which provide understanding of Australia's railway history.
Brief Description
A 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 Description
This 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 Email
butlin.archives@anu.edu.au
Contact Address
Menzies 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 Research
150702 - Rail Transportation and Freight Services; 210202 - Heritage and Cultural Conservation; 210303 - Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Socio-Economic Objective
9503 - Heritage
Keywords
Aberdeen; 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
1882
1932
Time Period
Late 19th-early 20th century
Geospatial Location
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Date of data creation
2010
Year of data publication
2010
Creator(s) for Citation
William John
Ellis
Publisher for Citation
Australian National University Archives Program
Related Websites
https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/51
National Union of Railwaymen of Australia
http://www.atua.org.au/biogs/ALE0653b.htm
Australian Trade Union Archives
Licence Type
Unknown/Other - Unknown licence or record provider defined licence
Licence
This collection is provided for research purposes only and must not be reproduced without the prior permission of the Archives Program, Australian National University.
Data Location
https://openresearch-repository.anu.edu.au/handle/1885/51
Retention Period
Indefinitely
Extent or Quantity
30
Data Size
TIFF files
Data Management Plan
No
Status: Published
Published to:
  • Australian National Data Service
  • Australian National University
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