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Boilermakers made boilers and were also general metal workers.Framed 105 - boilermakers emblem : Part of the boilermakers emblem

Steam engines were used to power many machines, trains and ships in the 19th Century. A boiler was an essential part of a steam engine as it was used to heat water to create steam. Boilers were made of plates of metal or tubes that were cut, bent and shaped by the Boilermakers.

Boilermakers also worked as general metal workers rolling, shearing, welding, riveting and making metal structures and machines. They built steam trains, constructed metal bridges and built iron and steel ships.

For information about boilermakers' unions, click here

Sources for family history in our collection

Amalgamated Society of Boilermakers, Blacksmiths, Shipbuilders and Structural Workers
The following information can be found in annual reports

  Information Dates
New members Name and registration number 1872-1873, 1875-1983
Members expelled, black listed and in arrears Name and registration number 1872-1873, 1975-1983
Deceased members and members' wives Name, age and cause of death 1872-1973, 1976-1983
Accident benefit Name, registration number and monies received 1872-1975
Superannuation benefit Name, registration number and monies received 1872-1875, 1880-1973
Other benefits including sick pay Name, registration number and monies received 1872-1875, 1880-1882, 1885, 1887-1917
Branch Secretaries Names and addresses 1872-1873, 1875-1983