Ballarat Moulders' Club

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"The brave wrongheadedness of the masons and other artizans in the matter of strikes and clubs is well known to the public, and by this time to many a ruined workman’s starving family. It seems, however, that the iron moulders of Ballarat are emulous of as great or greater renown in the art of absurdity. We are informed that in iron foundries it is a frequent custom to have a pattern maker as superintendent or foreman in the moulding shop, and for this very reason that his calling enables him with facility to direct and correct the operations of the moulders. Such a person is placed over the moulders in the Phoenix foundry in Armstrong street, and the moulders there were, as we are told, satisfied with their foreman. Not so, however, the Ballarat Moulders’ Club. Messrs Carter and Co.’s appointee was not a moulder proper, or what in the jargon of secret orders is called an “accepted” moulder, and the club resolved to put him out—if they could. The moulders of the shop were directed by the club to inform their employers last Monday that unless the heterodox foreman were instantly removed, to make way for a moulder recognised by the club, the whole of the moulders would strike. Messrs Carter and Co. declined to remove a servant they had proved to be capable, and the moulders, obedient to the mandate of the club, instantly left work, and are still “on the strike.” The strikers were very properly told they might as reasonably take down their employers’ names from the door and substitute their own, as to usurp such arbitrary functions. Telegraphic and other communications have taken place between the employers and the clubs of Ballarat and Melbourne, the latter body referring the dispute to local adjustment. Thus the matter rests at present. Messrs Carter and Co. are able to continue moulding, but at great inconvenience and with no little delay, and this too at a time when they are very busy under contracts with time penalties attached. We should hope that what seems a very silly quarrel will be speedily made up, to be no more heard of in Ballarat."[1]



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  1. The Star (Ballarat, Vic. : 1855 - 1864), Saturday 1 December 1860, page 2.

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