Further reading

The 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 enter All my published items listed below are also on the website.

The references begin with a few that cover a century or more. The rest are in alphabetical and chronological order.

Annear, Robyn, City lost & found: Whelan the Wrecker’s Melbourne, Black Inc., Melbourne, 2005.

Henry J Cowan, from Wattle and Daub to Concrete & Steel, The Engineerng Heritage of Australia’s Buildings, Melbourne University Press, Carlton, 1998.

Elder, J R, Master Builders’ Association of New South Wales; the first 100 years, PhD Thesis, University of Sydney, 2009.

Keast, W R H, Building Victoria: A History of the Master Builders’ Association of Victoria, MBAV, Melbourne, 1994.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘Making capital tick’, Overland, 170, Autumn 2003, pp. 92-101.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘What happened in globalisation’, Journal of Australian Political Economy, 51, June 2003, pp. 103-31.

McQueen, Humphrey, Framework of flesh, builders’ labourers battle for health and safety, Ginninderra Press, Adelaide, 2009.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘Tariffs, arbitration and price-fixing – class struggle or intra-capitalist “settlement”?’, website under ‘Work’.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘A century of the Queensland BLF’, Queensland Journal of Labour History, 11, September 2010, pp. 24-31.

Snowden, Dianne, Foundations of a Tasmanian Industry: the history of the Master Builders’ Association, 1891-2005, MBA, Hobart, 2005.

Troy, Patrick (ed.), A History of European Housing in Australia, Cambridge University Press, Melbourne, 2000.

True, Paul, It must be true …. It’s in the papers!, building workers and the press, 160 years of anti-union propaganda, CFMEU, Sydney, 1999.

West, K C, The builders: the history of the Master Builders’ Association of South Australia, 1884-1994, MBA, Adelaide, 1984.

Wright, C, The Management of Labour, A History of Australian Employers, OUP, Melbourne, 1995.

Before 1850
Clarke, Linda, Building Capitalism, Historical change & the Labour Process in the Production of the Built Environment, Routledge, London, 1992.

Hutson, J, Penal Colony to Penal Powers, AEU, Sydney, 1966.

Hutson, J, Six wages concepts, AEU, Surry Hills, 1971.

Postgate, Raymond, Builders’ History, National Federation of Building Trade Cooperatives, London, 1923.

Robbins, Bill, ‘Governor Macquarie’s job descriptions and the bureaucratic control of the convict labour process’, Labour History, 96, May 2009, pp. 1-18.

1850 to 1900
Coolican, Alice, ‘Master Builders and the beginnings of arbitration in New South Wales’, S Macintyre and Richard Mitchell (eds), Foundations of Arbitration, OUP, Melbourne, 1989, pp. 247-68.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘Improvising Nomads’, Journal of Australian Colonial History, 10 (2), 2008, pp. 223-250.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘William H “Bill” Mellor and the Perth building trades’ strikes of 1896-7’, website under ‘BLF’.

Merrett, 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.

Rich, Joe, ‘Victorian Building Workers and their Unions, 1860-1890’, PhD Thesis, Australian National University, 1993.

Sheldon, 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.

Sheldon, Peter, ‘ “In division is strength”: unionism among Sydney labourers, 1890-1910’, Labour History, 56, 1989, pp. 43-59.

Sheldon, Peter, ‘Public vs private employers on New South Wales public words, 1890-1910’, Australian Economic History Review, 33 (1), March 1993, pp. 49-72.

Early twentieth century
McQueen. Humphrey, ‘As Tasmanian as Apple Pie: the 1916 Lockout of Builders’ Labourers’, Tasmanian Historical Studies, 15, 2010, pp. 71-99.

Proctor, 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.

Sheldon, Peter, ‘Arbitration and Union Growth: Building and Construction Unions in NSW, 1901-1912’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 35 (3), September 1993, pp. 379-97.

Sheldon, Peter, ‘System and Strategy: The changing shape of unionism among NSW construction labourers, 1910-19’, Labour History, 65, November 1993, pp. 115-35.

Webb, August D, ‘The Building Trade’, Sidney Webb and Arnold Freeman (eds), Seasonal Trades, Constable, London, 1912, pp. 312-93.

Dixson, Miriam, ‘The Timber Strike of 1929’, Historical Studies, 10 (40), May 1963, pp. 479-92.

McQueen, 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.

Greenland, Hall, Red Hot, The life and times of Nick Origlass, Wellington Lane Press, Sydney, 1990, chapter seven.

Potter, W I, ‘The Building Industry in Victoria’, Economic Record, 6 (1), May 1930, pp. 51-6.

Hammond, Robin, ‘Young men with Guns; crooks, cops and the consorting law in 1920s-1930s Sydney, MA (Hons) Thesis, University of New England, 2009.

Louis, L J, Menzies’ Cold War, a reinterpretation, Red Rag Publications, Carlton North, 2001.

O’Hanlon, 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.

True, 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, 1995.

de Vywer, Frank T, ‘The Melbourne Building Industry Agreement’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 1 (1), April 1959, pp. 7-19.

de Vywer, Frank T, ‘The Melbourne Building Industry Agreement: A Re-Examination’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 12 (2), October 1971, pp. 166-81.

Builders’ Labourers’ Song Book, Widescope, Camberwell, 1975.

Clark, Lindie, Finding a Common Interest, The story of Dick Dusseldorp and Lend Lease, Cambridge University Press, 2002.

Cresciani, Gianfanco, Transfield The First Fifty Years, ABC Books, Sydney, 2006.

Grimes, S, ‘The Sydney Irish: Friendship patterns in Sydney’, Social Studies, 6 (4), 1980, pp. 374-80.

Herouvim, John, ‘Politics of the Revolving Door: The Communist Party of Australia (Marxist-Leninist)’, Melbourne Journal of Politics, 15, 1983-84, pp. 54-68.

Hutton, John, Building and Construction in Australia, Cheshire, Melbourne, 1970.

Johnston, Ruth, ‘The Immigrant Worker’, Allan Bordow (ed.), The Worker in Australia, University of Queensland Press, St Lucia, 1975, pp. 68-112.

Pascoe, Rob, The Recollections of Luigi Grollo, Grollo Australia, Melbourne, 1988.

Taylor, Jennifer, Tall Buildings: Australian buildings going up, 1945-1964, Craftsman House, Sydney, 2001.

How Collinsville was won, QT&LC, Brisbane, 1969.

Buchanan, John, Trade Unions, Politics and the Law, Ll.B. Thesis, ANU, 1985.

Burgmann, Meredith and Verity, Green Bans, Red Union, Environmental activism and the New South Wales Builders’ Labourers’ Federation, UNSW Press, Sydney, 1998.

Burgmann, 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, pp. 453-91.

Cupper, Les and June Hearn, ‘Unions and the Environment: Recent Australian Experience’, Industrial Relations, 20 (2), Spring 1981, pp. 221-31.

Elder, J R, The Australian Building Construction Employees and Builders’ Labourers’ Federation, Masters Thesis, University of Sydney, 1994.

Frenkel, Stephen J. and Alice Coolican, Unions Against Capitalism? A sociological comparison of the Australian building and metal workers’ unions, George Allen & Unwin, North Sydney, 1984.

Goodall, 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.

Hagan, Jim, ‘Clutha: The Politics of Pollution’, Politics, VII (2), November 1972, pp. 136-48.

Harnett, 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.

Haskell, Mark A., ‘Green Bans: Worker Control and the Urban Environment’, Industrial Relations, 16 (2), May 1977, pp. 205-14.

Linder, Marc, Wars of Attrition, Vietnam, the Business Roundtable, and the Decline of Construction Unions, Second Revision edition, Fanphihua Press, Iowa City, 2000.

McDonald, Malcolm, FEDFA, a Victorian branch history, 1907-2005, CFMEU, Melbourne, 2005.

McDonald, Tom and Audrey, Intimate Union, Sharing a revolutionary life, Pluto Press, Sydney, 1998.

McDonald, Tom, Creating a super union the CFMEU, Tom McDonald, Warnbical, 2010.

Magee, Owen, How the Rocks was won, Engineering Press, Crows Nest, 2005.

Mallory, Greg, Unchartered Waters, Social Responsibility in Australian Trade Unions, Greg Mallory, Brisbane, 2005.

Mitchell, Glenn, On Strong Foundations, The BWIU and Industrial Relations in the Australian Construction Industry, 1942-1992, Harcourt Brace, Sydney, 1996.

Mundey, Jack, Green Bans and Beyond, Angus & Roberson, Sydney, 1981.

Ruming, 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.

Thomas, Pete, Taming the concrete jungle, The Builders’ Labourers’ story, NSW Branch, ABCE&BLF, Sydney, 1973.

Six 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, 1975.

Anon., ‘The General’, authorised biography of Norm Gallagher, typescript, c1986.

Bennett, 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.

Boyd, Brian, Inside the BLF, A union self-destructs, Ocean Books, Melbourne, 1991.

Crawford, George, Footprints, History of the Plumbers’ Union, George Crawford, Beaumaris, 1997.

Crawford, George, Papers, 1940 to 1990, George Crawford, Beaumaris, 2004.

Donnelly, Paddy, The Hammer and the Heart, Pearse Publishing, Melbourne, 2002.

Fenwick, Colin, ‘Shooting for Trouble? Contract Labour-hire in the Victorian Building Industry’, Australian Journal of Labour Law, 5, 1992, pp. 239-261.

Harris, Stewart, The BLF, a personal view, ABCE&BLF, Sydney, 1982.

Holt, Patricia (ed.), Oral history of CV+BUS: the construction and building unions superannuation fund, National Centre for Australian Studies, Monash University, Clayton, 1996.

Indecs Economics, State of Play, The Australian Economy Today, George Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 1980-1995, numbers 1- 8.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘Building Owners and Managers’ Association’, website.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘The 1986 de-recognition of the ABCE & BLF in an era of financial deregulation’, website.

McQueen, Humphrey, ‘Australia’s Construction “Stasi” ’, CLRNews (London), 3, 2009, pp. 16-22.

Rose, Joseph B, ‘Multi-Employer Cohesion in Australian Construction’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 29 (4), December 1987, pp. 470-491.

Ross, Liz, Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, Builders’ Labourers fight de-registration 1981-94, Vulgar Press, Melbourne, 2004.

Toner, 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.

Underhill, Elsa and Di Kelly, ‘Eliminating Traditional Employment: Troubleshooters Available in the Building and Meat Industries’, Journal of Industrial Relations, 35 (3), September 1993, pp. 398-423.

Wheeler, 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. 362-89.