On 24th May 2009 marked the opening of the first trades hall building constructed in Carlton 150 years ago.
A 'Celebratory Street Party' was organised to mark the occasion.
Speeches from the Secretary, Brian Boyd and Labour Historian Carlotta Kellaway told of the role the building has played in the struggle for workers' rights over the last century and a half. Outgoing TH&LI President Anne Taylor of the AEU was honoured for her work and presented with a certificate by the ne President, Kevin Bracken of the MUA who also gave us some background of the campaign to establish the first purpose built trade union building in the world.
A traditional Welcome to country was given by the One Fire indigenous dance troupe and music was provided throughout the evening by the Trade Union Choir and the Occulus String Quintet.
In keeping with Trades Hall's role in supporting community endeavours, food was provided by Sorghum Sisters Catering.
|A limited edition commemorative platinum badge was struck for the anniversary and is available from the Trades Hall for $10.00|