Bronze badge, manufactured for the Sydney Coal Lumpers Union. It was worn to represent membership of the union.

The Sydney Coal Lumpers Union was registered under the New South Wales Trade Union Act in 1881. The main task of a coal lumper was to move the coal from colliers or hulks that brought it to Sydney into other vessels. The Sydney coal lumpers saw themselves as akin to miners rather than wharf labourers and were always industrially and occupationally separate from them.

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SYDNEY COAL LUMPERS /* UNION * Figure of a coal lumper trying to break bundle, underneath UNION IS/STRENGTH

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JAN/422 impressed

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