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On 19 August 1874, in response to a letter from the builders of Newcastle, the BCANSW passed a resolution “to have branch associations and (that) the present committee be empowered to draw up rules for the proper working for the same.”Less than a week later, on 25 August, discussions between the BCANSW committee and the secretary of the Newcastle builders group led to two resolutions, viz:• “that (BCANSW) extend a branch of the association to Newcastle and (that) it be called the No 1 Branch of the Builders & Contractors Association of NSW.• That the builders of Newcastle forming…. this branch be accepted as members of our association subject to our rules and conditions.”Following that expansion in NSW, other associations were formed in Victoria (1875); Queensland (1882); and South Australia (1884). Representatives of these four associations met in 1890 and formed The Master Builders Federation of Australia.
Association RenamedIn August 1890, the name “Builders & Contractors Association of NSW” was altered to “Master Builders Association of NSW”.