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About the people's palace

The Workers Museum at Trades Hall

The history of working people's collective campaigns for justice, told through artefacts and multimedia. See a fragment of the Eureka flag, view a full suit of armour from the Tinsmiths Union's labour day procession, hear Nelson Mandela thank Victorian unionists for their part in defeating apartheid, and browse an amazing collection of political ephemera.

December 13, 2019

Listen to the audioguide for the Workers Museum at Trades Hall

December 01, 2019

“There is no flag in old Europe half so beautiful as...

November 19, 2019

On 21 April 1856 stonemasons working on the University of Melbourne...

November 18, 2019

Victorian union members went all out to show off their wares...

November 17, 2019

“A people’s palace…built and own’d by hardy sons of toil...”

November 16, 2019

In the 1880s, Victoria was rightly earning a reputation for militant union organizing, and three early strikes in this period – the Tailoresses strike, the bootmakers strike, and the wharf labourers strike –...

November 15, 2019

For the benefit of labour

November 14, 2019

The people's flag is deepest red

November 13, 2019


November 12, 2019

We left Australia freemen, keep us so!

November 11, 2019

"a place where workers may their minds engage…"

November 10, 2019

"He loved that damned bridge"

November 09, 2019

"Remember the dead, fight like hell for the living",

November 08, 2019

"When injustice is law, resistance is duty"

November 07, 2019

We know that union members have long campaigned for better pay...

November 06, 2019

Workers Out!

November 05, 2019

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander comrades are warned the following video...

November 04, 2019

When Victorian nurses stopped work in 1986, they did so in...

November 03, 2019

The bludgeoning weapons in this case testify to the reality that...

November 02, 2019

Equal Pay for the Sexes!

November 01, 2019

The militancy and energy of those post-war migrant unionists led to unions taking more radical positions on social issues in the 1980s, and continues to strengthen union organising today.