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"A Stauncb Unionist." TO THE EDITOR OF THE HUMMER. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
'A Staunch Unionist.' To the Editor of the Hummer. Sir, — In the 'Shearers and General Laborers' Record ' of the 16th November, I notice a letter signed 'Staunch Unionist,' in which that worthy individual has charged me with not obeying the mandate issued by the A.S.U. re staying at home. He states that he met James Halpin and my self on our way to New South Wales in July last, and that when remonstrated with by him we stated that ' we would do as we liked/' To this statement I give the direct lie. We told him (' Staunch Unionist ' ) that we were going to Echuca Camp, and that if the lads there wanted us to stay we would do so ; if not, we would proceed to Deniliquin and use our efforts to keep the men back until a settle ment was effected. On parting, 'Staunch Unionist ' wished us every success ion our mis sion. On our arrival in Echuca we stabled our horses, interviewed the pickets on the bridge, ?visited the camp, where we were well received. The Echuca lads advised me to proceed...
Labour Electoral League. MURRUMBIDGEE BRANCH. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
Labour Electoral League. MURRUMBIDGEE BRANCH. Secretaries of the various divisions and all those having books of tickets are requested to send in all returns for half-yearly audit before December 16. (By order) W. W. HEAD, Secretary. Wagga, November 23rd, 1991. Jack Parker has done good work in the Hay office, which is just being closed up for this season. Parker is going to start a Market Garden at Narrandera, and try to run the Chows off the ground. Every white man should support him, and if more followed his example we could soon get rid of the yellow heathen altogether.
Bourke Election. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
Bourke Election. The following circular has been issued by the Carriers in common with the other Labour Unions of Bourke, and effectually disposes of the alleged split in the ranks of the party: — NO BREACH IN THE UNIONS. Carriers unanimous with the Shearers and Labourers in supporting Donald MacDonnell, the Labour candidate. Much capital is being made by interested parties re an alleged breach ? 1*1 ? _ - *1 j _ ? j ? jt TPk i rr ? wnicn is reported to exist in tne .Bourne unions. We wish to advise our members that as in the last election we are unanimous in supporting the ?candidature of the selected champion of the Labour Party as against Waddell, the nominee of the combined Freetraders and Protectionists. A great cry is being raised by some over Pro tection and the benefits it is going to bestow on the workers. Yet we find the merchants, squatters, and monopolists — all Freetraders — combining with the Protectionists 'and sinking the fiscal policy in an endeavour to secure the r...
Labour in Politics. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
Labour in Politics. By Hank Morgan. The Electoral Reform Bill of the new Govern ment passed through Committee on Wednesday night, although a few clauses were postponed for alteration. ^ # Of the 58 clauses in the Bill, most of them are similar to the provisions of the last Bill, as finally amended. Portions of the present Electoral Act passed in 1880 remain in force, so the new Bill isn't as simple as it looks, when read with the old Act. * =2* W ' A few important amendments were made by the House in Committee. One to give soldiers a vote, the same as other citizens. Some funny arguments were used against this act of justice, especially by Job Sheldon, of the Namoi, an ex-soldier himself. 4A. 4Z. 4/. 7T *7P 7v* A lot was talked about the danger to the country if the military spirit were encouraged by giving the permanent force the political influence of a vote. If the existence of a standing army, however small, is a menace to the liberties of the people, and a curse to every countr...
General Labourers' Union. WAGGA BRANCH. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
General Labourers' Union. WAGGA BRANCH. Members of the above are notified that the Annual Meeting will be held at Wagga, on Saturday evening, January 2/1892. The busi ness will consist of Election of Officers for ensuing year, receiving the report and balance sheet of the Provisional Committee, electing delegates to conference and Executive Council and discussion of any other matter of interest to the members. In accordance with By-law 40, nominations for chairman, vice chairman, secretary or auditors, must be sent to the acting secretary before December 19th, 1891, with signature of proposer and seconder attached and numbers pi 1892 tickets. Nominations to be published prior to annual meeting. In the event of a poll being necessary, mem bers may obtain ballot-papers from the office or any of the following on or after December 22nd : — J. Tracey, Gundagai ; J. M 'Donald, Cooma ; W. Robinson, Walbundire ; W. G. Osborne, Jugrong ; S. Renforth, Corowa ; E. M'Groder, Lake Cudgellico ; W...
Wagga Branch, A.S.U. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 28 November 1891
Wagga Branch, A.S.U. The date of the Annual Meeting will be notified next issue, also the dates fixed for nominations and all other particulars. District secretaries will kindly send in all A.S.U. and G.L.U. butts and returns, with separate balance-sheets before December 15th. W. W. HEAD, Secretary. Wagga, November 24th, 1891.
The Camels are Coming. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 5 December 1891
iTlie Camels are Coming. In fact they have come, and still they continue to come, and evidently intend ' to stay along with their dark-skinned drivers, unless the people of this country decide to run it on their own account, for their own benefit, and not for a few over-fed monopolists in this country and a host of British bank-shareholders, who draw their dividends from the produce of our labour. A few facts about these ' ships of the desert,' as the Arabians term them, may be of interest to readers of the Hummer if only to prove that Nature's kindliest gifts are often .used by man in order to satisfy his greed for gain at the i risk of the ruin and degradation of his more- deserving fellow creatures. The camel is most certainly built more for use than for beauty; and if the emu and kangaroo look somewhat strange and ungainlyyx) a^new-chum, the camel goes more/than one better m this resjDect. 'Their introduction to Australian soil dates from about the time of the Mount Brown rush. ...
Female Labour. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 5 December 1891
Female Labour. [By Cbeo Stanley.] One of the most perplexing points in the solution of the much- vexed Labour Problem is, undoubtedly, the employment, status, and remuneration of woman, labour. Under the existing competitive commercial system of production for profit, where competition among all grades and classes of labour is daily becom ing keener, and yet more keen, it naturally follows that the condition of the weaker and less resolute section of the industrial army becomes correspondingly worse and worse. Already in Australia the iniquitous Sweating System, so prevalent in the older industrial centres of population, has been introduced with all its attendant evils, and it is worth remembering that the Sweating System invariably presses hardest on the line of least resistance, that is in the direction of female and child labour. In great Britain and in the United States, it has repeatedly been shown, that to the employ ment of such cheap classes of labour in trades and occupatio...
Smoke Ho! [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 5 December 1891
?!???????' :' Smoke Ho! All hands at Kinross (bar one) joined the Union. D. M. Hamilton, Representative. It's rumoured the one blackleg is to be made boundary-rider-in-chief on one of Ross Bros. * acquired leases. # # # Only two at Cucumbla refused to join. We are carefully keeping the names of all these curiosities, and will publish the names after January 1st, of all those who reckon beer better than Unionism. Jfc, JZ. M. ?W I*' IP Shearing is proceeding satisfactorily on Monaro, but the rain has kept it back a bit until lately. Members are arranging a demon stration — prizes £40— to be held at Cooma, December 18. # * # ? .'' - . C. West can get his bay mare branded W., near shoulder, by writing to the office. The Hummer found her. # # # W. E. Abbot has written to the Hummer after all. Glad he appreciates us. It is sized lip in another column. # # # Sorry we can't print ' Wingem's' letter as it is written. He uses a cyclostyle, and can reel off 100 copies of his howl in no time. T...
Reform Notes from our Exchanges. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 5 December 1891
... M Reform Notes from our Exchanges, If all those who labour about useless things were set to more profitable employments, and if all that languish out their lives in sloth and idleness were forced to labour, a small propor tion of time would serve for doing all that is necessary, profitable or pleasant to mankind. — Sir Thomas More. # # * Party wggship blinds the eye and deafens the ear and h^jmdtizes the conscience of otherwise good and intelligent men, who remain partisans instead of becoming reformers. # # # As commerce, education, and the prompt Igansmission of thoughts and matter by tele graph and steamer have changed everything, ?-:» ? ? I believe that God is preparing the world to become one nation, to speak one language, and to attain to a state of perfection in which armies and fleets of war will be no more. — Ulysses S. Grant. ?% * * ?? ? . In theory this country is a Republic ; it will be one in practice when the land and the means of labour belong to the Republic, and...
Smoke Ho! [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 5 December 1891
Smoke Ho! Wedgrewa and Wallandool were to be in cluded in the one run for 'free labour,' but when Sydney conference took place and the difficulty was settled, some good men got into that run with a lengthening of membership roll as a direct result. # * * The squatters are doing splendid work for the G.L.U. At some sheds bosses wouldn't honour orders drawn by the shed hands for tickets though the amount was earned ten times over. Wallandool is reported as affected this way. More 'Freedom of Contract.' # * * Donald McRae, a shearer, who does a bit of photography in the off season, met a brother camera- smasher the other day ia JVagga, and by some kind of freemasonry they tumbled to each other's calling. Of course the stranger never dreamt Donald was a shearer, and started to tell him of his experiences rtfund the sheds. 'Oh ! damn the shearers,' he said, 'they are too particular for me ! Why they actually want work done as well as city photography, and at a lower rate. J^L never go ne...
Things in General. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 5 December 1891
Things in General. ? ?* - ???? ~ '?'? Next week the Hummer will have gro;wn a bit bigger, and every Unionist shatrid be tin our list of subscribers. Bourse aiidScone Branches are with us' all the way, ditto Opting. And a,ll . ♦ real Union men who camare making the paper _/?-? hum along first-rate. D^r|ot, J^oin^it|ee3Sec-. 7*^ retaries, in some parts,^ %el pBtain^hg ; a lot 'of -. Jijfej subscribers, and we intlhd^o^publisli the num* ^ 3** ber secured by each me afterajfit. -?-,(' * -yg? # *. ? ,. ? ?* - ? We are informed by a member 61 Trie JTypo-. , ' ' graphical Association that at a certain parting office in Victoria, where a Union paper r published, there are four boys, two girls .. - one Union man employed. The Typo,5' say that not more than one boy to e men is to be employed. It wouldn't name^he paper until this statement to be correct ; meantime^ the Jypc Society should keep moving. ??££ . * _ * % * [ - - ';..''? A loci|l draper who .has just -been ^t©**, #0 pure&e^M...
WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
WEIGHED IN THE BALANCE These are the names of the so-callecl Labor members who made a pledge to abide by the decision of the maj ority of the party as to whether support should be accorded Dibbs or Reid on the censure motion, who manfully broke their pledge at first time of asking, viz., Fitzgerald, Houghton, Williams, Sharp, Murphy, J ohnson — weighed in the balance and found wanting. Billy Harris, District Secretary at Queanbeyan has just driven tho first vehicle across the mountains from Queanbeyan to Kiandra. He took one horse and a sulky and got through in two days. Some of the ranges he crossed are so steap that even the kangaroo can't travel down them with out a drag on.
To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
'To the Editor. Sir, — You invited members to express their opinions on resolution by 'Wagga Branch re ?the raising £1 per member next year for a benefit fund. Well, we held a meeting at Mylora the other night, when the letter by John Keel, which appeared in* the 'Hummer' on the subject was read and discussed at some length, and I am pleased to say that all hands present approved of the idea. Each one expressed his willingness to pay the £1 next y ear if required to do so. I have spoken to members at other sheds and they are also unanimous on the subject. Trusting that members will ta.ke this matter up warmly, and use their influence in every direction to build up this grand institution.— I am, yours in unity, ROBT. STEVENSON. Mylora Station, Dec. 13.
ANSWERS IN BRIEF. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
ANSWERS IN BRIEF. 'A.J.S.' (Burnley) will write later on. It is very much like a drum ; but we haven't time to get narked over that sort of thing'. Such spiteful remarks rather please us. 'Typo' — Yes, our printer is a member. (2) — Owing to our action estimates for a weekly have already been applied for by the gentleman named ; whether officially or other wise we don't know — and don't care. We will hum anyhow. T. J. Bacchus (V) — The 'Hummer' skipped a week owing to the de lay in getting a portion of our plant through, the customs. 'Alf. Nolan' (Corowa) — All sheds should be reported to the office. ' In fant Industry' (Melb.) — You know as well as we do that the industry never gets out of long clothes. Name one of the kind which would agTee to the removal of the duties. B.B. (Byerock) — Protection might reasonably be called National Trade Protection if it did protect the workers — which it doesn't. If it does, why should we require unions in pro tected countries ? The workers pay....
BOURKE NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
BOURKE NOTES (BY DONALD DIjSTNTE.) Shearing is nearly completed in this dis trict. Topralie and Mooculta almost the only sheds here not cut out yet. The former started with a full board of ' ' free' ' laborers (?) but the boss culled 'em down so closely that there are only about seven left out of fifty starters. The others got the bullet to a man. * Bob Blakely is representative for the Al'S.TJ., and Billy Randall for the G.L.U. Both report good results in enrolling* and re newing. * * The Laborers are booming along at top in this branch ; over thirty sheds gave the laborers 30s weekly in or out this year, and the secretary says he has 2500 financial members for 1891, while Billy Woods of the A.S.U. is ready to swear on a stack of Bibles that not forty of those who entered the dis trict to shear non-union got away without the union brand — 'A.S.U.' * * -* . Good competition in both unions for an nual election of Branch officers. Scarcely any walk-overs. That's a good sign ; shows me...
THE BENEFIT FUND PROPOSAL. To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
THE BENEFIT FUND PROPOSAL. To the Editor. Sir, — Your correspondent, John Keel has, in my opinion, opened up a verv important question, viz., the establishing of a benefit society under the auspices of the A. S.U. and G.L.U. 'We have here already ma.de a move In that direction by placing upon the Con ference business sheet a motion which, if carried, affims the principle that the time has arrived . when a Benefit Society should be es tablished under the auspices of the two unions. Your correspondent suggests that lodges should be formed, same as adopted by the coal miners, but he does not give us anv particulars as to how these lodges are worked, 'we are therefore not in a position to pro nounce either in favor or against the lodge system, owing to the lack of sufficient infor . mation upon the subject. The Amalgamated Miners have a benefit fund in connection with their association, but it is only an accident and funeral fund. The amount paid per member per annum is 26s. Should a mi...
CORRESPONDENCE To the Editor. [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
CORRESPONDENCE To.the Editor. Sir, — The following is a, verbatim copy of ?- thereply sent by me to the undermentioned gentlemen who seceded from the Labor Party .. last week. They sent me a circular inviting me to attend a meeting for the purpose of forming a new democratic party, or labor r party, or something of that kind. I consider ' the original Labor Party good enough for any one who is manly enough to stick to his word, and the best party in the world is only ? 'what the members nmke it: — -(COPY.) To Messrs Fitzgerald, Cann, Houghton, and Sharp j Gentlemen — I beg to acknowledge receipt of your, favor of yesterday 's date inviting me to at tend a meeting for the purpose of forming* a new political party to-morrow. 'Whilst thanking you for your courtesy I beg to state that I will be engaged at that time7attending a meeting1 of The Labor Party . I am, Gentlemen, Yours faithfully, ARTHUR RAE. Legislative Assembly, Dec. 15, 1S91.
No title [Newspaper Article] — The Hummer — 19 December 1891
right enough in a Freedom of Contract sense, but this country isn't going to be built up on those lines. And, if the Premier is right, what about Inspectors of Nuisances who are paid by . the Government to see that all the slops aren?t thrown in the streets. Then why not Inspec tors of Shearer's Huts. People should not live in such towns, we suppose Mr. Dibbs would say. Ain't it ? ? # * * It is a well-known fact' that some of Bibbs' strongest supporters in the Murrumbidgee electorate are squatters, and the accommodation provided for their shearers is notoriously bad. Which explains quite a lot. Workers should talf.e a note of this also. ' / l % % =& . Vie following is the motto used by the 'lton (Vic. ) Independent , and is the first . ' ' y Australian motto we have seen on a spaper : — ^dependence, peacefully achieved if it may Lr- \ out Independence.' — Sir Charles Lilley. r Judge Lilley said that at the laying of the foundation -stone of the Brisbane Trades Hall. # # # Th...