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Plaque over the grave commemorates the centenary of the formation of a trade union by David Temple in April 1886. David Temple, when shearing rates were cut, canvassed shearers in Victoria to form a union. The grave was restored in 1982. 

In January 1887, small shearers unions in Wagga Wagga and Bourke in New South Wales joined Temple`s union to became the Amalgamated Shearers Union of Australasia which was the forerunner of Australian Workers Union (AWU). Temple was elected general secretary and William Spence president. Within three years the union was the largest and most effective labour organization in Australia. Temple refused a £50 bonus voted him by a grateful membership in 1889.


Address:1187 Sydney Road, Fawkner Memorial Park, Fawkner, 3060
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.713556
Long: 144.960147
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:People
Actual Event STart Date:April -1886
Actual Event End Date:April-1986


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1986
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Restoration of this grave was undertaken in August 1982 by the Victoria Branch of the Australian Workers Union to mark the centenary of this union in 1986, arising from a quote made in 1886 by Mrs. Temple to her son David "If you are not satisfied why don`t you form a union".

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