The Balmain Association Incorporated

Friendly Societies

These originated in England (hence the name Balmain Manchester Unity Independent Order of Oddfellows, which refers to the English city) and were brought to Australia by the colonists. They provided an early form of insurance; members would make weekly contributions to a fund, which could be drawn on in case of illness, unemployment or other hardship.
The Australian Unity organization still operates today, providing its members with healthcare, retirement and financial services.

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The Balmain Association Incorporated
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