Working History

The Australian Workers Heritage Centre presents a rich tapestry of exhibits, photographs, audio-visual presentations and experiences - telling the stories of Australia's working people. Immerse yourself in the working history of Australia.

The Great Shearers'

Strike of 1891

The Great Shearers' Strike of 1891 was a watershed in the history of working conditions in Australia and was a major catalyst in the growth of the Australian Labor Party.

The Great Shearers Strike of 1891
Women In Australia's Working History

Women in Australia's Working History

Women have played a vital and often unrecognized role in Australia's development.


Learn about the contribution of Australia’s working women – some famous and some not-so-famous – as you experience the exhibition, “A Lot on her Hands”.


"Songs of the Unsung Heroes"

One of Australia's 'living national treasures' Margaret Whitlam launched this anthology in July 2002 as part of the opening celebrations of Stage One of the Working Women project.

Browse through a few of the stories and poems featured in the anthology.

Songs of the Unsung Heroes

Work Quotes

I am the foundation of all business.


I am the source of all prosperity.

I am the salt that gives life its savour.

I have laid the foundation of every fortune.

I can do more to advance youth than his own they ever so wealthy.

I must be loved before I can bestow my greatest blessings and achieve my greatest ends.

LOVED, I make life sweet, purposeful and fruitful.

All progress springs from me.


Coiffure (the official organ of the Master Ladies' Hairdressers' Association of Victoria) 3, 7, October 1950, P15.

AWU Shearers Hall

AWU Shearers Hall

The AWU Shearers Hall was opened in late 2013.

In 2011, The Union Hall was donated and relocated by the AWU to the Australian Workers Heritage Centre's site becoming the latest addition to the centre's landscape and newly named the "AWU Shearers' Hall".

This building is recognises as Australia's oldest office and union meeting hall.

Workers Gallery