From the archives – the ACTU’s 60th birthday

At its 1987 Congress, the ACTU celebrated its 60th birthday.

Alongside union leaders such as ACTU Secretary Bill Kelty, Congress heard from Prime Minister Bob Hawke – himself formerly an ACTU President.

These photos of the event were found in the Noel Butlin Archive at the Australian National University on a proof sheet.

The ACTU’s records are held at the archive and are a rich source for anyone interested in Australia’s union history.

Prime Minister Bob Hawke, former ACTU President, speaks to Congress delegates at Dallas Brooks Hall, Melbourne.
A close-up of Hawke in full flight.
Hawke after his speech.
ACTU Secretary Bill Kelty and Prime Minister Bob Hawke

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