BY 1885, Melinda has in some manner encountered the chorus of
The masters they are grumbling in country and in town
They want to starve the workers by keeping wages down.
Now in some parts of England the men were standing out
Against a great reduction and they’re right without a doubt.
In this happy country, man is treated like a slave
When the master gets the profit and the worker gets the work.
You’ve no right to be happy, no right to be well fed,
If they drop our wages, they must drop the price of bread.
By 1868, The ROCHDALE COOPERATIVE MOVEMENT IS well established in South Australia and from records so far found, it existed in Illawarra and other NSW area.
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British immigrants played an important role in bringing the Rochdale principles to Australia. Retail
co-operatives became a feature of coalmining districts such as the Hunter Valley, the Illawarra, the Lithgow Valley, Wonthaggi in Victoria and Collie in Western Australia. There were Rochdale co-operatives outside these areas. Particularly notable was the Adelaide society, which opened in 1868 and had 9,412 members by 1923.