YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

By Rowan Cahill A review of Michael Quinlan, The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850 (Routledge: NY and Oxon, 2018).   In the tradition of E. P. Thompson, redolent of the work of Peter Linebaugh and Marcus Rediker, Michael Quinlan’s The Origins of Worker Mobilisation: Australia 1788-1850 is magisterial and exhaustive. ‘Magisterial’ because it is... Continue Reading →

Serenading Adela: A Street Opera 7 January 2018, World Premiere and Centenary Performance: WHEN: From 6pm, Sunday 7 January 2018. WHERE: Pentridge courtyard (Entrance through the Champ Street Coburg archway). Meet our Unruly Mob at 6pm and march with them to Pentridge, where the Street Opera will commence at 6.30pm. WHAT: The World Premiere of our full Street Opera. FLYER: Serenading Poster for Pentridge TICKETS? Entry is free, but please book so we can send you details of the march, of wet-weather options; and have enough chairs. Click here to book! IF BOOKED OUT Please register for the waiting list, so you will be notified if spaces become free, or be offered standing room (1 hour show).

WHAT THE LEFTY HISTORIAN DID ON HIS HOLS

Terry Irving We’ve just come back, Sue and I, from four weeks in France and Spain, a very different holiday from our usual. Without a car, we walked a lot, in small towns and suburbs away from the main tourist attractions. And we discovered something tourism is not designed to reveal: traces of the collapse... Continue Reading →

Annual General Meetings of the Australian Society for the Study of Labour History

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING OF THE MELBOURNE BRANCH The annual meeting of the Melbourne Branch of the ASSLH will be held on Thursday 14th December 2017, at the Victorian Trades Hall, Meeting Room 1, from 5.30 to 7.30pm. The AGM will include reports, election of office-bearers and general business. Please send all enquiries and items for the agenda to... Continue Reading →

Now what? — 100 years after the Russian Revolution

Join Bea Campbell, UK author, playwright, filmmaker, journalist, political commentator and broadcaster, in debating current politics in Melbourne, Saturday 11 November. In a wide-ranging address, Bea will explore the various forms of inequality today; realistic strategies towards an egalitarian and just society; the meaning of socialism in this centenary year of the Russian Revolution; the... Continue Reading →

VINTAGE RED

by Rowan Cahill There is a vast amount of material, published and otherwise, relating to the history of the Communist Party of Australia/CPA (1920-1991). Examination of the footnotes to Stuart Macintyre’s first volume of the history of the CPA, The Reds (1998), attests to this, as does familiarity with the two resource bibliographies of CPA... Continue Reading →

END OF PARAGRAPH

by Rowan Cahill Back in the 1980s, the autodidact bookseller Bob Gould pressed a book into my hands, as was his way whenever I visited the Aladdin’s Cave rabbit warrens of his Sydney bookshop. “Comrade, you’ve got to read this”, usually his way of recommending the latest or neglected anti-Stalinist publication. This time it was... Continue Reading →

Democratic Opposition to War The 1916-17 anti-conscription campaigns: Impacts and legacies

Conference: 20 May 2017, 9am-4.30pm, Siteworks, 33 Saxon Street, Brunswick 2017 marks the centenary of the defeat of the 1917 conscription plebiscite. During 1917, in the midst of the war, Australian anti-conscription campaigners succeeded in defeating the introduction of conscription for a second time. This was a unique example of popular opposition to conscription in the countries engaged in WW1,... Continue Reading →

Vale Sigrid McCausland

Frank Bongiorno   Many of us owe a very great debt to Dr Sigrid McCausland, whose untimely death on 30 November 2016 has been widely mourned by her many friends and colleagues in the archival and historical communities. The biographical notes at the end of Light from the Tunnel, a history of the Noel Butlin... Continue Reading →

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