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Australian Coal Miners Strike, 1949

Australian Coal Miners Strike, 1949

From 27 June to 15 August 1949, some 23,000 Australian coal miners went on strike and effectively brought coal-dependent utilities and services to a halt. With the support of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA), the miners demanded a 35-hour working week, a 30-shilling increase to their wages and the mandatory inclusion of long service leave to their terms of employment.

The government’s response was swift and severe. Two days after the strike began, it passed legislation that prohibited any form of financial support for coal miners and their families. This included credit from shops. Union officials were arrested, several were jailed for 12 months, and the headquarters of both the union and the CPA were raided. Eventually, Prime Minister Chifley sent troops in to work the open cut mines of NSW and broke the strike.
How Sydney coped with the
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How Sydney coped with the
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Miners Strike. Coal lift commences
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Miners Strike. Coal lift commences
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Miners strike. F Creswell Northern
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Miners strike. F Creswell Northern
Miners strike. Troops arrive ready
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Miners strike. Troops arrive ready
Miners strike. Army work open-cut
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Miners strike. Army work open-cut
Miners strike. Army work open-cut
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Miners strike. Army work open-cut
Miners strike. Army work open-cut
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Miners strike. Army work open-cut
Miners strike. Army work open-cut
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Miners strike. Army work open-cut
Miners strike. Army work open-cut
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Miners strike. Army work open-cut
K/26/27/42-55. Coal Strike. Coal lift
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K/26/27/42-55. Coal Strike. Coal lift
K/26/27/42-55. Coal Strike. Coal lift
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K/26/27/42-55. Coal Strike. Coal lift
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
Troops leave for open cut
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Troops leave for open cut
K/ 26/ 27/ 42-55. Coal
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K/ 26/ 27/ 42-55. Coal
How Sydney coped with the
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How Sydney coped with the
Female students at East Sydney
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Female students at East Sydney
Mrs Ted Jackson and daughter
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Mrs Ted Jackson and daughter
K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
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K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
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K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
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K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
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K/26/27/16-41. Army troops first day
Trawlers tied up at Pyrmont
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Trawlers tied up at Pyrmont
Early Australian Railways
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Early Australian Railways
Early Australian Railways
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Early Australian Railways
Early Australian Railways
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Early Australian Railways
A 50 Class locomotive 5245
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A 50 Class locomotive 5245
Early Australian Railways A guard
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Early Australian Railways A guard
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Demonstration by striking miners at
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Demonstration by striking miners at
Early Australian Railway
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Early Australian Railway
Early Australian Railway
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Early Australian Railway
Army troops arrive and prepare
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Army troops arrive and prepare
Army troops arrive and prepare
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Army troops arrive and prepare
Army troops arrive and prepare
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Army troops arrive and prepare
Early Australian Railway
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Early Australian Railway
Early Australian Railways
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Early Australian Railways
A 50 Class locomotive 5245
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A 50 Class locomotive 5245
Early Australian Railways
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Early Australian Railways
Early Australian Railway
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Early Australian Railway
Army troops arrive and prepare
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Army troops arrive and prepare
Miners strike. Miners cottage at
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Miners strike. Miners cottage at
K/26/27/6-15. Demonstration by striking miners
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K/26/27/6-15. Demonstration by striking miners
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