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Queerah Meatworks Archive


The Queerah Meatworks in Cairns was an important local industry and employer. This archive includes correspondence, employer and union information and details of operations in the meatworks. Many documents deal with matters that went before the Conciliation and Arbitration Commission in the 1950s to the 1970s.

It can be read in conjunction with the Meatworkers Union Archive. For a history of the Queerah Meatworks and its role in the transformation of Australia's cattle meat processing industry, see Peter Albert Ryle, "Innovation and Change in the Australian Meat Export Industry: the role of the Queerah Meatworks," Honours Thesis, James Cook University of North Queensland, 1996. This thesis is located in the Eddie Koiki Mabo Library, Townsville Campus at T 1996 RYL.

Archive Location: 498 and 499L

Detailed Listing

Box 1 [Heading inside cover - AMIEU Committee of Management Meetings]

QM/1/1/ - COM Agenda 1959, Minutes and Reports

QM/1/2/ - Minutes and Reports. Held Trades Hall, Brisbane from 8 February to 17 February 1960

QM/1/3/ - Queensland Branch Executive Minutes 1960-1963

QM/1/4/ - Branch Executive Meeting Minutes 1963-1965

QM/1/5/ - Northern Shed Delegates' Conference 12-13 February 1966

QM/1/6/ - Minutes and Reports. Held Trades Hall, Brisbane from 8 February to 17 February 1960

QM/1/7/ - Untitled Folder. Branch reports and meetings, 1961

QM/1/8/ - Untitled Folder. Branch minutes of meetings, transcripts of proceedings, and award matters, 1960

QM/1/9/ - Northern Sub-Branch Report, COM, 1971

Box 2

QM/2/1/ - Queerah: 1961: 1. Application to vary Federal Meat Industry Award 1958; 2. C.5999 of 1960 'All Others' Dispute, 15 September 1960; 3. CanPak Application, 12 December 1960; 4. c.303 of 1961 Application Incentive CanPak, 23 February 1961; 5. C.315 of 1961 Refusal of Slaughter Floor Employees to Work, including: application to cancel C.303 of 1961 and C.314 of 1962; and 9 October 1963 Beef Killing Incentive

QM/2/2/ - Incentive Schemes Queerah: C.193 of 1959; C.16 and 68 of 1962; C. No. 82 of 1962 (application to vary rates)

QM/2/3/ - Untitled Folder. Conciliation and Arbitration Commission correspondence, hearings and transcripts, 1963

Box 3 [Heading inside cover - Boards of Reference Union Reply to Bennett Award Case]

QM/3/1/ - Board of Reference: Cairns Meat Export Co. Ltd.

QM/3/2/ - Union Reply Bennett Award 1958

QM/3/3/ - Untitled Folder. Conciliation and Arbitration Commission hearings and transcripts regarding Federal Meat Industry Award, 1963

QM/3/4/ - AMIEU and Commonwealth Industrial Court correspondence, 23 November 1963 to 23 March 1961

Box 4

QM/4/1/ - Court of Conciliation and Arbitration decisions. Judge's order regarding Meat Industry Award 1939 (1946)

QM/4/2/ - Court of Conciliation and Arbitration decisions. Judge's order regarding AMIEU claim (1946)

QM/4/3/ - Court of Conciliation and Arbitration decisions. Judge's order regarding Australasian claim, expanded (1946)

QM/4/4/ - AMIEU Log of Claims. The Federal Meat Industry Award, 1963

QM/4/5/ - Federal Meat Industry Award Interim of 1966

QM/4/6/ - The Federal Meat Industry Interim Award, 1965 (as varied). Meat and Allied Trades' Federation of Australia (3 copies)

QM/4/7/ - Comparison of Federal Awards

QM/4/8/ - Meat & Allied Trades' Federation of Australia Log of Claims. The Federal Meat Industry Award, 1963

QM/4/9/ - Untitled Folder: copy of Queensland Government Industrial Gazette (16 June 1961); AMIEU transfer ticket; Rules of the Australasian Meat Industry Employees' Union (1957)

QM/4/10/ - Copies of The Meat Industry Union Journal of Queensland 1960-1962; AMIEU Report 1963 Season; J. Hanson, M. Healy and R. Brown, The Truth about the Meat Strike! (1946); copy of The Meatworker, vol. 8, no. 2 (June/July 1979)

QM/4/11/ - Copies of Meat Union Journal of Queensland (September/October 1963 - August/October 1969)

QM/4/12/ - Copies of Victorian AMIEU's journal Meat Employees' Journal (September/October 1961 - September/October 1969)

QM/4/13/ - Copies of Western Australian AMIEU's journal The W.A. Meatworker (1961, 1963, 1967)

QM/4/14/ - Copies of NSW AMIEU's journal The Australian Meatworkers' Journal (July 1961 - October 1963)

QM/4/15/ - Original copy of Maritime Worker, vol. xxxv, no. 13 (July 1962)

Box 5

QM/5/1/ - Branch Committee of Management Meeting. Minutes of Meeting Held 27-29 November 1968

QM/5/2/ - F J Walker, Stuart (Townsville) and Cairns. Slicing Agreement

QM/5/3/ - Queerah 1980

QM/5/4/ - Queerah Learner Boners (1970s and early 1980s)

QM/5/5/ - F J Walker's 1983 Correspondence, Queerah (1979-1983)

QM/5/6/ - Amagraze and F J Walker Award

QM/5/7/ - Cairns, F J Walker Seniority, 1973

QM/5/8/ - Hot Neck Boning. Queera[h], Cairns; F J Walker, Stuart.

QM/5/9/ - Queerah Walking Delegate, 23 June 1986

QM/5/10/ - Bull's [Bulls?] Queerah

QM/5/11/ - F J Walker Limited. Log of Claims (draft copy only)

Box 6 [Heading inside cover - Agreements. Incentives Schemes. General]

QM/6/1/ - Queerah Meatworks' Agreements, Queerah - 1965, 1967, 1968. Revised Incentive Agreements; Queerah - Application for Cancellation Incentive Schemes Transcripts; Queerah - 1963 Incentive Schemes; Queerah - 1959 Incentive Schemes

QM/6/2/ - Employers - Amagraze, Queerah

QM/6/3/ - Queerah Can-Pak Chain Boning Reports 1960s

QM/6/4/ - AMIEU Federal Executive Correspondence

QM/6/5/ - Queerah History Correspondence 1960-1966

QM/6/6/ - AMIEU Union Federal Correspondence

QM/6/7/ - Untitled Folder: AMIEU Information Bulletins (1962-64); 1980s correspondence

Box 7 [Heading inside cover - Commonwealth Conciliation Papers]

QM/7/1/ - C.546 1962 Falls' C.547 1962 Boners Overtime; C.548 of 1962 Incentive Milling Operators; C.549 of 1962 Boners' Work Restrictions

QM/7/2/ - Dispute regarding Dismissal of Wales, Sariago, Fang Yuen, Cleall and 7 Other Queerah Boners, 26/3/62 and 30/3/62

QM/7/3/ - Untitled Folder: C No. 129 of 1962: Dismissal Fang Yuen, Cleall, Wales, Sariago; C No. 537 of 1962: Dispute Employment Robert George Pedersen; C No. 541 of 1962: Incentive Schemes

QM/7/4/ - Untitled Folder: Conciliation and Arbitration proceedings and transcripts early 1960s to 1969: Meat Industry Award matters

QM/7/5/ - Untitled Folder: Conciliation and Arbitration proceedings and transcripts early 1960s to 1965: Meat Industry Award matters

Box 8

QM/8/1/ - Boning Room Tally Sheets

QM/8/2/ - Frank Houlihan Reports - Queerah

QM/8/3/ - Correspondence, Bennett Award 1959

QM/8/4/ - Houlihan Case

QM/8/5/ - Frank Houlihan - newspaper cuttings (strikes, union unrest, news); Maritime Worker, vol. xxxiv, no. 13 (July, 1961); copy of The Cairns Post, (19 July 1962); copy of The Federated Meat Industry Award, 1959; handwritten notes; Report on Queerah Meatworks' Dispute, July 1962

QM/8/6/ - Local Sub-Branch - Queerah - to be kept for record purposes

QM/8/7 - Untitled Folder. AMEIU correspondence, late 1950s and 1960s

QM/8/8 - Untitled Folder. AMEIU correspondence, late 1950s and 1960s