Auckland Cutters’, Trimmers’, Pressers’ and Other Clothing Employees Union records.
Scope and Contents
Primarily correspondence of the Union and papers related to other clothing unions. Amongst the papers in this collection are membership enquires and lists, correspondence with members regarding wages and conditions, representations on behalf of members to the Department of Labour and Employment, and letters of condolence. There is also correspondence relating to Arbitration Court proceedings and cases put before the court by the Union, and the affiliation of the Union with the New Zealand Federated Clothing Trades Employees’ Industrial Association of Workers.
- 1936 - 1963
- Northern Wellington, Westland, Canterbury, Otago and Southland Fur Workers' Union (Organization)
- Newton, Ernest B. (Person)
- New Zealand Federated Clothing Trade Employees' Industrial Association of Workers (Organization)
- Brophy, Denis (Person)
- Auckland Cutters', Trimmers', Pressers' and Other Clothing Employees' and Related Trades Industrial Union of Workers (Organization)
- Moxsom, William Sleeman (Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Formed as the Auckland Cutters' and Pressers' Union in 1909, the union included workers responsible for cutting patterns, fabric for garments and workers employed to press garment linings and finished items of clothing. In the mid 1940s the union changed its name to the Auckland Cutters', Trimmers', Pressers' and Other Clothing Employees Industrial Union of Workers. In 1964 the Union amalgamated with the Auckland Tailors Union forming the Auckland Tailors', Cutters', Trimmers', Pressers, and Other Clothing Employees Industrial Union of Workers. Prior to this amalgamation Auckland had a separate union for tailors who made bespoke garments and another for tailoresses.
During the period 1936-1963 the Union had two secretaries, William Sleeman Moxsom from 1917 until his death in 1945 and Denis Brophy from 1945 until at least 1963.
William Moxsom (ca1860-1945), an active trade unionist was also the secretary of the Auckland Tailors’ Union, 1917 to 1945, the Auckland Flour Mill Workers’ Union, 1929 to 1945, the Auckland Hatters’ Union, 1936 to 1945 and the Drycleaners and Dyers’ Union, 1936 to 1937. Like Moxsom, Denis Brophy was also secretary of the Auckland Tailors’ Union and the Hatters’ Union a fact that accounts for the presence of correspondence belonging to both unions in this collection.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
This collection was donated to the Library in 1969 by Wilfred (Bill) McAra a trade unionist, member of the New Zealand Communist Party and enthusiastic collector of records relating to trade union activities. There is some debate as to how these papers came into McAra’s possession: it is rumored that he found the material discarded in rubbish bins outside the Auckland Trades Hall.
- Inventory of the records of the Auckland Cutters’, Trimmers’, Pressers’ and Other Clothing Employees' Union records, 1936-1963.
- Katherine Pawley
- December 2009
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