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Plaque erected to commemorate the Dalfram Dispute of 1938.

The Dalfram Dispute of 1938 went down in history when Port Kembla workers refused to load pig iron onto the steamship Dalfram headed for Japan. At the time, Japan was at war with China and in making this decision an important bond was formed between the Waterside Workers Federation (WWF), the Illawarra Labour Movement and the People’s Republic of China. The WWF members believed that the ‘pig iron’ would come back to Australia in bombs and steel, and that the Japanese would use it against the Chinese in Manchuria. It was during the Dalfram Dispute that the title ‘Pig Iron Bob’ was coined in reference to the then Attorney General Robert Menzies.

Location

Address:Foreshore Road, No 4 Jetty, Port Kembla, 2505
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.474767
Long: 150.912473
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:Dissent
Approx. Event Start Date:1938
Approx. Event End Date:1938

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Monday 4th December, 2006
Source: MA
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