Sydney Coal Lumpers' Union

Trade union formed to represent the workers who undertook the dangerous and back breaking work of loading coal onto ships.

Milestone
Formed
1882
Position
1882
1890 - 1891
1905
Type

Coal lumpers

CC BY-SA 2.0
,
2008

Coal lumpers were crucial to coal-powered shipping, hauling giant quantities of fuel from ship to ship in appalling conditions. With the disappearance of steam power, a whole occupation, with its own skills, lore and traditions as well as hazards and dangers, faded into history.