William J. Harris : Broken Hill Strikes 1909-1911 Postcards
Collection of photographic postcards and one illustrated postcard relating to the 1909 and 1911 strikes/lockouts/industrial disputes which occurred at Broken Hill, New South Wales. The annotated postcards were sent by William Harris to his family during his time working as a police officer at Broken Hill. Three of the postcards make reference to the 'Tom Mann train'. Thomas Mann was the industrial organiser for the Broken Hill Combined Unions Committee during the Broken Hill Strikes.
Photographic sepia postcard titled '15 The Strike 1909. Copyright B.'. Image depicts police and crowd outside W.J. Player’s Australian Club Hotel, Broken Hill. This postcard was produced by the Brokenshire Brothers Photographers, Broken Hill. Inscription on rear: 'Broken Hill 9-1-09. After the Riot Police returning to Quarters. On duty under the Australian Club Hotel verandah, probably that is your humble servant to be seen under the verandah. W.J.H. Sub. Inspector Millar returned home left here last Sunday night. He has been in Hospital most of the time he was here. Broken Hill 4-2-09.'
Photographic postcard titled '23 The Strike 1909. copyright B..' Image depicts crowd in front of the Technical College, Broken Hill, with police station, town hall and post office in the distance. Inscription on rear: Court House to the left of building in the picture. Crowd in front of Court House when fence was thrown down. Arrests were made. Broken Hill 11-1-09. Excitement very great at this time, angry crowd required very delicate handling. Original photograph ['Copyright B...'] possibly by Joseph Brokenshire, 1877-1947 of Brokenshire Brothers Photographers, Broken Hill
Printed postcard titled 'Public Buildings, Broken Hill, N.S.W.' Handwritten annotations on front: Court House, Technical College, camped here, Police Station, Town Hall, Post Office. Inscription on rear: 18-1-09. Don’t send P.Cs. [postcards] to me in return. I think you will like to see these pictures. Water not good here. Going on night work tonight. Hope you are all well & that you are helping Mother all you can. This place would cook you all – don’t grumble about hot weather. WJH
Printed postcard titled 'Hospital, Broken Hill', with annotation 'X' for accident ward and 'M' for medical ward. Inscription on rear: Sunday, January 24th 1909. Visited the Hospital in company of Senior Constable Charlton. Inmates visited. Acting Sub Inspector Miller and Constable McRae. 18th February 1909. Again visited inmates Const. McRae, Luchhard Station Farrell Goulbourne Gove No. 3 Station, Sydney Southwell, Station not known Feby. 22nd Const. McRae left the institution and leaves for Sydney tomorrow nights express. X Accident Ward. M Medical Ward. Inmate of Accident Ward from 28.02.09 to 29.03.09 4 weeks and 1 day. On 5.4.09 4 Constable still inmates Const. McRae retrn. Home about 14.3.09. WJH
Blue tinted printed postcard. Inscription on rear: Broken Hill 24th January 1909. Attended evening service at this church. Rev. Wellington preacher. His discourse was not becoming of the cloth. He appears to be an extreme socialist. 21st Feby 1909. Attended Evening Service at the Wesleyan Church Rev Wellington again preached which was a fair sermon. He spoke from fearless stand point. I am going again when off duty. WJH
Printed blue tinted postcard. Inscription on rear: Broken Hill, 28th January 1909. Visited this mine, went down to the 800 feet level and brought one specimen away. Manager Mr Sampson. Engineer Mr Abbott
Photographic postcard titled 'Tommy'. Embossed with 'Brokenshire Brothers' on lower right of card. Inscription on front: 'Tommy the Black tracker at Broken Hill, N.S.W. Police'. Inscription on rear: Broken Hill 29-1-09. Willie. The troopers had a job trying to get Tommy the Black tracker to hold up his head to get his photo taken. How would he suit Elsie May & Maggie's letters say nothing of Miss Sly boots. How is Charly Hemmings getting on. I have forgotten Maggies No. of Bridge Rd. I want to send her mother some P.C's. Mother would not take such liberty. Be a good boy & don't be too hard on Arthur
Photographic sepia postcard. Inscription on rear: 1st Card. 2 more cards to follow. For Family only. Tom Mann was bound over at Broken Hill, Police Court when let out on bail after being committed for trial for Riot on the 9th of January 1909. Not to take part in the present Industrial Dispute pending his trial. As that only applied to the State of N.S.W. an excursion was organised to Cockburn distance of 28 miles from Broken Hill, Fare 2/1 return. It was the longest train that has left Broken Hill consisting of the carriages and open
Photographic postcard titled '47 The Strike 1909 : Tom Mann train. B..'. Inscription on rear: 2nd Card. 1 more card to follow. For Family only. open goods wagons. It is estimated that 2,700 people went. Cockburn is the border town of N.S.W. and South Australia. Tom Mann stood just across the border in the State of S.A. and addressed the crowd who stood in the State of N.S.W. The excursion on its return journey reached Broken Hill on Monday morning at 1 oclock
Photographic postcard titled '45 The Strike 1909 : Tom Mann train.' Inscription on rear: 3rd Card. For Family only. Series complete. Oclock the weather was very cold. The excursion left Broken Hill about 3.30pm on Sunday 31st January 1909, with a brass band. The railway is 3 ft 6 in gauge./ WJH. / Broken Hill / 4-2-09/ Nights as a rule are cold here. We are 800 ft above sea level
Photographic postcard titled '30 The Strike 1909. B.' Image of processional change of pickets marching along Sulphide Street, Broken Hill. Inscription on rear: Broken Hill Strike 1909. Change of Pickets, marching south side of Court House yard in Sulphide St, trades Hall in rear. Pickets are changed every four (4) hours. 12 MM, 4 a.m. 8 a.m. and 12 noon at 12 noon 4 and 8 pm with Band of Music in front of Pickets as shown in this picture. Brass band and Scottish Bagpipes are generally the bands. WJH, Broken Hill 3.2.09. Original photograph ['B.'] possibly by Joseph Brokenshire, 1877-1947 of Brokenshire Brothers Photographers, Broken Hill
Photographic sepia postcard (very faint) titled 'Procession to the Gaol, Sunday, Feb. 14[?] 1909.' Inscription on rear: Barrier Lockout 1909. The A.M.A. has a brass band going to the jail to cheer up unionists who are prisoners there. Purchased from the Union photographer 23.02.09
Photographic postcard titled 'Sulphide St. station : B.H. 53.' Embossed 'Brokenshire Brothers' lower right (Brokenshire Brothers Photographers, Broken Hill). Inscription on rear: Broken Hill 12th February 1909. W.H. There are two (2) railway stations viz:- Railway . The main station. Sulphide Street Station where the Mail train (which is known as the Express) starts from