Boot Trade Union Hall

The Boot Trade Union Hall

The Boot Trade Union Hall in Redfern in 1922 (image courtesy National Library of Australia)

Location: 122 Eveleigh Street, Redfern

The Boot Trade Union Hall at Redfern was a popular gathering place for Aboriginal people living in Sydney following the Second World War, especially for dances on Friday evenings.

It was also the site of an important Aborigines Progressive Association (APA) meeting in 1946. It was addressed by William Ferguson and Bert Groves to protest about the poor conditions of Aboriginal workers at Oodnadatta in South Australia.


‘Aborigines Progress Association’, The Macleay Chronicle, 17 January 1945, p. 4,

‘Aborigines May Petition King For Citizenship’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 16 January 1946, p. 3,

Jack Horner, ‘Ferguson, William (Bill) (1882–1950)’, Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 1981, accessed online 19 November 2018.