Noel Butlin Archives Centre

The Noel Butlin Archives Centre (NBAC) collects business and labour records from Australian companies, trade unions, industry bodies and professional organisations. We are a national organisation with material from all states and territories. The NBAC holds the records of large companies such as the Australian Agricultural Company, Burns Philp, CSR Ltd, Dalgety's,Tooth and Company and the Adelaide Steamship Company as well as those of smaller businesses such as pastoral stations. We hold records of federally registered trade unions and their predecessors, and of peak councils such as the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and the National Farmers Federation. The records date from the 1820s to the early 21st century and include files, photographs, minutes of meetings, some staff and membership records, maps and plans, and publications such as trade journals and union newsletters. Some material may be closed because it is very recent or the owners' permission may be required before it can be used. Acquisition of material is governed by a collecting policy.

The collection supports research on topics such as industrial relations, immigration, working women, indigenous employment, architecture, economic history, family history, social history in Australia and the Pacific, and on particular industries such as agriculture, timber, shipping, mining, brewing, advertising and finance.


In this collection

australian agricultural company


Since 1953 the ANU Archives of Business and Labour, now known as the Noel Butlin Archives Centre, has focused on…

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Industrial and labour concerns are covered by the collections of records of some federally registered trade unions,…

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sir hancock

Personal papers

The Archives collects personal papers of prominent individuals associated with industrial organisations, the labour…

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