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Lumpers

Lumpers, also known as dockers, wharfies, stevedores, and longshoremen were waterside workers who manually loaded and unloaded ships. They have largely been replaced by containerisation.

The Fremantle Lumpers Union was active 1889-1946, when it became part of the Waterside Workers Federation. That merged in 1993 into the Maritime Union of Australia.

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Notable lumpers include organiser Paddy Troy (left), and Tom Edwards (right), who was killed by police in a dispute on Bloody Sunday, 4 May 1919.

References and Links

Harcourt, Geoff 1999, 'The purple circle', Fremantle Studies, 1: 39-46.

History timeline on the MUA website.


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