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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 They have largely been replaced by containerisation.

troy edwards

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.

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. In 2018, that became part of the Construction Forestry Maritime Mining and Energy Union.

References and Links

Griffiths, Bryn 1989, Wharfies: A Celebration of 100 Years on the Fremantle Waterfront 1889-1989, Platypus, Perth.

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

Oliver, Bobbie 2016, 'Conflict on the waterfront: Fremantle dock workers and "New Unionism", 1889 to 1945', Studies in Western Australian History, 31: 159-172.

History timeline on the MUA website.

Wikipedia entry for the MUA.

See also: Daniel Elias, PhD researcher.

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