Museum of Brisbane

Behind the Seams

  • 22 Jul 2011 — 30 Oct 2011
  • Exhibition now closed

Museum of Brisbane joined with the Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia (TCFUA) and Pacific Brands to acknowledge and celebrate the contribution of Can’t Tear ‘Em workers to our city.

Behind the Seams

Behind the Seams was one of a national series of exhibitions and events that marked an historic turning point in Australian manufacturing, the closure of seven Pacific Brands factories on Australia’s east coast.

Behind the Seams focused on the people who worked in the manufacturing area of Can’t Tear ‘Em in Brisbane, a large group, mostly female and migrant, who worked as machinists, supervisors and packers on the bustling factory floor.

The Textile Clothing and Footwear Union of Australia has supported these workers with training, advocacy and support sourced through funds provided for the purpose by Pacific Brands.