BLF - DOCUMENTS - FURTHER READING
items listed below offer guides to more detailed accounts of the matters
dealt with here. Others are sources for issues omitted or mentioned only
in passing. My website includes material that I have had to leave out
for reasons of space. The site has a section of first-hand accounts by
labourers. The easiest access is to google ‘Humphrey McQueen’, then
track down the left-hand guide to ‘BLF’. Alternatively, you can
All my published items listed below are also on the website.
references begin with a few that cover a century or more. The rest are
in alphabetical and chronological order.
Robyn, City lost & found:
Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2005.
J Cowan, from Wattle and Daub to
Concrete & Steel, The Engineerng Heritage of Australia’s Buildings,
Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1998.
J R, Master Builders’
Association of New South Wales; the first 100 years, PhD Thesis,
University of Sydney, 2009.
W R H, Building Victoria: A
History of the Master Builders’ Association of Victoria, MBAV,
Humphrey, ‘Making capital tick’, Overland,
170, Autumn 2003, pp. 92-101.
Humphrey, ‘What happened in globalisation’, Journal
of Australian Political Economy, 51, June 2003, pp. 103-31.
Humphrey, Framework of flesh,
builders’ labourers battle for health and safety, Ginninderra
Press, Adelaide, 2009.
Humphrey, ‘Tariffs, arbitration and price-fixing – class struggle or
intra-capitalist “settlement”?’, website under ‘Work’.
Humphrey, ‘A century of the Queensland BLF’, Queensland Journal of Labour History, 11, September 2010, pp. 24-31.
Dianne, Foundations of a Tasmanian
Industry: the history of the Master Builders’ Association, 1891-2005,
MBA, Hobart, 2005.
Patrick (ed.), A History of
European Housing in Australia, Cambridge University Press,
Paul, It must be true …. It’s
in the papers!, building workers and the press, 160 years of anti-union
propaganda, CFMEU, Sydney, 1999.
K C, The builders: the history of
the Master Builders’ Association of South Australia, 1884-1994,
MBA, Adelaide, 1984.
C, The Management of Labour, A
History of Australian Employers, OUP, Melbourne, 1995.
J, Penal Colony to Penal Powers,
AEU, Sydney, 1966.
J, Six wages concepts, AEU,
Surry Hills, 1971.
Raymond, Builders’ History,
National Federation of Building Trade Cooperatives, London, 1923.
Bill, ‘Governor Macquarie’s job descriptions and the bureaucratic
control of the convict labour process’, Labour
History, 96, May 2009, pp. 1-18.
Humphrey, ‘Improvising Nomads’, Journal
of Australian Colonial History, 10 (2), 2008, pp. 223-250.
Humphrey, ‘William H “Bill” Mellor and the Perth building
trades’ strikes of 1896-7’, website under ‘BLF’.
John, ‘George Foster Pearce and the Perth Building Trades Strike of
1897’, Bulletin of the
Australian Society for the Study of Labour History, 3, November
1962, pp. 3-22.
Joe, ‘Victorian Building Workers and their Unions, 1860-1890’, PhD
Thesis, Australian National University, 1993.
Peter, ‘ “Union control” against Management power, Labourers’
Unions in New South Wales before the 1890 Maritime Strike’, Australian Historical Studies, 23 (92), April 1989, pp. 274-92.
Peter, ‘ “In division is strength”: unionism among Sydney
labourers, 1890-1910’, Labour
History, 56, 1989, pp. 43-59.
Peter, ‘Public vs private employers on New South Wales public words,
1890-1910’, Australian Economic
History Review, 33 (1), March 1993, pp. 49-72.
S K, ‘The Rise and Decline of the Australian Building Industry
Employees Union in Brisbane, 1912-18’, Labour
History, 13, November 1967, pp. 26-32.
Peter, ‘Arbitration and Union Growth: Building and Construction Unions
in NSW, 1901-1912’, Journal of
Industrial Relations, 35 (3), September 1993, pp. 379-97.
Peter, ‘System and Strategy: The changing shape of unionism among NSW
construction labourers, 1910-19’, Labour
History, 65, November 1993, pp. 115-35.
August D, ‘The Building Trade’, Sidney Webb and Arnold Freeman (eds),
Seasonal Trades, Constable,
London, 1912, pp. 312-93.
Humphrey, ‘Lessons from defeat: the 1927 claim for a 40-hour week by
Queensland building industry unions’, Queensland
Journal of Labour History, 3, September 2006, pp. 17-46.
W I, ‘The Building Industry in Victoria’, Economic
Record, 6 (1), May 1930, pp. 51-6.
Seamus, ‘ “Sound of the Brogue soon on City Trams”: Irish
Immigrants in Post-War Melbourne’, Australian
Journal of Irish Studies, 5, 2005, pp. 36-50.
Paul, Tales of the BLF… Rolling
the Right!, The battle of the Builders’ Labourers Rank and File in New
South Wales, 1951-1964, Militant International Publications, Sydney,
Vywer, Frank T, ‘The Melbourne Building Industry Agreement’, Journal
of Industrial Relations, 1 (1), April 1959, pp. 7-19.
Vywer, Frank T, ‘The Melbourne Building Industry Agreement: A
Re-Examination’, Journal of
Industrial Relations, 12 (2), October 1971, pp. 166-81.
Lindie, Finding a Common Interest,
The story of Dick Dusseldorp and Lend Lease, Cambridge University
Gianfanco, Transfield The First
Fifty Years, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006.
S, ‘The Sydney Irish: Friendship patterns in Sydney’, Social Studies, 6 (4), 1980, pp. 374-80.
John, ‘Politics of the Revolving Door: The Communist Party of
Australia (Marxist-Leninist)’, Melbourne
Journal of Politics, 15, 1983-84, pp. 54-68.
John, Building and Construction in
Australia, Cheshire, Melbourne, 1970.
Ruth, ‘The Immigrant Worker’, Allan Bordow (ed.), The Worker in Australia, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia,
1975, pp. 68-112.
Rob, The Recollections of Luigi
Grollo, Grollo Australia, Melbourne, 1988.
Jennifer, Tall Buildings:
Australian buildings going up, 1945-1964, Craftsman House, Sydney,
Collinsville was won,
QT&LC, Brisbane, 1969.
Meredith and Verity, Green Bans,
Red Union, Environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders’
Labourers’ Federation, UNSW Press, Sydney, 1998.
Meredith, ‘Revolution and Machismo: Women in the New South Wales
Builders’ Labourers’ Federation, 1961-75’, Elizabeth Windshuttle
(ed.), Women, Class and History
Feminist Perspectives on Australia 1788-1978, Fontana, Sydney, 1980,
Les and June Hearn, ‘Unions and the Environment: Recent Australian
Relations, 20 (2), Spring 1981, pp. 221-31.
J R, The Australian Building
Construction Employees and Builders’ Labourers’ Federation,
Masters Thesis, University of Sydney, 1994.
Stephen J. and Alice Coolican, Unions
Against Capitalism? A sociological comparison of the Australian building
and metal workers’ unions, George Allen & Unwin, North Sydney,
Heather and Allison Cadzow, ‘The People’s National Park:
Working-Class Environmental Campaigns on Sydney’s Georges River,
1950-67’, Labour History,
99, November 2010, pp. 17-35.
Jim, ‘Clutha: The Politics of Pollution’, Politics,
VII (2), November 1972, pp. 136-48.
Bruce, ‘Newport: a
conflict over power’, Sol Encel, Peter Wilenski and Bernard Schaffer (eds),
Decisions Case Studies in Australian Public Policy, Longman
Cheshire, Melbourne, 1981, pp. 164-182.
Mark A., ‘Green Bans: Worker Control and the Urban Environment’, Industrial
Relations, 16 (2), May 1977, pp. 205-14.
Marc, Wars of Attrition, Vietnam,
the Business Roundtable, and the Decline of Construction Unions,
Second Revision edition, Fanphihua Press, Iowa City, 2000.
Malcolm, FEDFA, a Victorian branch
history, 1907-2005, CFMEU, Melbourne, 2005.
Tom and Audrey, Intimate Union,
Sharing a revolutionary life, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1998.
Tom, Creating a super union the
CFMEU, Tom McDonald, Warnbical, 2010.
Owen, How the Rocks was won,
Engineering Press, Crows Nest, 2005.
Greg, Unchartered Waters, Social
Responsibility in Australian Trade Unions, Greg Mallory, Brisbane,
Glenn, On Strong Foundations, The
BWIU and Industrial Relations in the Australian Construction Industry,
1942-1992, Harcourt Brace, Sydney, 1996.
Jack, Green Bans and Beyond,
Angus & Roberson, Sydney, 1981.
Kristian, Andy Tice and Robert Freestone, ‘Commonwealth Urban Policy
in Australia: the case of inner urban regeneration in Sydney,
1973-75’, Australian Geographer,
41 (4), December 2010. Pp. 447-67.
Pete, Taming the concrete jungle,
The Builders’ Labourers’ story, NSW Branch, ABCE&BLF,
Turbulent Years, Lessons from the rise and fall of the NSW Builders’
Labourers’ leadership and building industry struggles, 1969-75,
Building Industry Branch of the Socialist Party of Australia, Sydney,
Laura, ‘Legislative Policy and Design: Federal Deregistration and the
“Destruction” of the Builders’ Labourers’ Federation’, Australian Journal of Labour Law, 4 (2), August 1991, pp. 18-42.
Brian, Inside the BLF, A
union self-destructs, Ocean Books, Melbourne, 1991.
George, Footprints, History of the
Plumbers’ Union, George Crawford, Beaumaris, 1997.
George, Papers, 1940 to 1990,
George Crawford, Beaumaris, 2004.
Paddy, The Hammer and the Heart,
Pearse Publishing, Melbourne, 2002.
Colin, ‘Shooting for Trouble? Contract Labour-hire in the Victorian
Building Industry’, Australian
Journal of Labour Law, 5, 1992, pp. 239-261.
Stewart, The BLF, a personal view,
ABCE&BLF, Sydney, 1982.
Patricia (ed.), Oral history of
CV+BUS: the construction and building unions superannuation fund,
National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Clayton,
Economics, State of Play, The
Australian Economy Today, George Allen & Unwin, Sydney,
1980-1995, numbers 1- 8.
Humphrey, ‘Building Owners and Managers’ Association’, website.
Humphrey, ‘The 1986 de-recognition of the ABCE & BLF in an era of
financial deregulation’, website.
Humphrey, ‘Australia’s Construction “Stasi” ’, CLRNews (London), 3, 2009, pp. 16-22.
Joseph B, ‘Multi-Employer Cohesion in Australian Construction’, Journal
of Industrial Relations, 29 (4), December 1987, pp. 470-491.
Liz, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win,
Builders’ Labourers fight de-registration 1981-94, Vulgar Press,
Phillip and Nick Coates, ‘Competition and the Growth of Non-Standard
Employment: The Case of the Australian Construction Industry’, Labour
and Industry, 17 (2), December 2006, pp. 99-118.
Elsa and Di Kelly, ‘Eliminating Traditional Employment:
Troubleshooters Available in the Building and Meat Industries’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 35 (3), September 1993, pp.
Fiona, ‘BLF v Minister for
Industrial Relations: the limits of State legislative and judicial
power’, George Winterton (ed.), State
Constitutional Landmarks, Federation Press, Annandale, 2006, pp.