Sydney Trades Hall was established by the developing trade union movement in NSW. The building was first begun in 1888 with the final meeting hall finished in 1917.

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(extension plans along Dixon St, 1905)

A large scale refurbishment was completed in 2007 The building has been “home” for many trade unions during its history with 88 separate offices in the building in the late 1940s.

This site aims to provide you with a virtual guide the trade unions who have lived in Trades Hall and a general guide to the history of all trade unions in NSW and Australia. Their histories and current practices can be accessed through this virtual hall and images of their badges, banners, campaign activities and their links with unions throughout the world will provide you with insights into the history of trade unionism and its centrality to social justice, democracy and human rights in today’s world.